Herzog & de Meuron's 'Shardettes' towers face the chop
Herzog & de Meuron’s controversial Three Spires skyscraper scheme in Southwark, south London, is facing a huge redesign following plans to overhaul the area’s strategy for tall buildings
The yet-to-be-revealed proposal, dubbed ‘the Shardettes’, could be sent back to the drawing board and drastically reduced in height within the year if councillors succeed in changing the high-rise development policy.
She said: ‘[We aim] to present a revised draft supplementary planning document to the council’s cabinet next year that will include the revision to the boundary to the tall buildings zone at London Bridge that some local residents are seeking – namely the removal of the sites 40 and 42/44 Bermondsey Street from that zone.’
Without opposition the proposal could be made official policy within 12 months.
A spokesperson for the developer confirmed the Swiss-practice would stay on the job whatever the outcome. He said: ‘As far as Sellar’s concerned, the council is still going through the consultation process, following all that we will review the scheme and submit plans accordingly.’
Local residents have previously hit out at the hotel-and-residential project, which they describe as a ‘satellite’ to the 72-storey ‘Shard’ at London Bridge Station. A public consultation was launched earlier this year.
Russell Gray of anti-tower campaign group BSTowers said: ‘The site they were going to occupy is no longer zoned for high rise so in that case the scheme is dead.’