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Encore for Piano at London Bridge with Shard's little sister

Italian architect Renzo Piano has floated plans for a new 27-storey residential tower next door to his Shard skyscraper which completed last year

The project for Shard developer Sellar Property Group and the State of Qatar will feature 15,000m² of residential space spread across 150 apartments overlooking the City of London.

Images of the scheme – which replaces the 1970s Fielden House next to London Bridge – have yet to be revealed however a planning application is expected to be submitted shortly.

Piano’s tower will appear to float 14 metres above a new landscaped public realm on London Bridge Street designed in collaboration with Dan Pearson Studio – according to a statement from the developer.

A ‘multi-level’ retail space improving pedestrian access between London Bridge station’s raised plaza and the nearby ground level Guys Hospital is also proposed.

James Sellar of Sellar Property Group said: ‘We believe the proposed development will not only further enhance London Bridge Quarter in its present form but will substantially elevate the public realm surrounding the transport hub and complement the redevelopment of the station which is due to complete in 2018.’

Sellar had previously proposed a three tower residential scheme to the east of the Shard near Bermondsey Street, designed by Herzog and de Meuron, which was nicknamed the Shardettes.

A public consultation on Renzo Piano’s latest plans will open this week.

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