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In pictures: Shell centre revamp submitted for planning

A detailed planning application for the Squire and Partners-masterplanned redevelopment of London’s Shell Centre has been submitted for planning

The project – which features buildings designed by Squire and Partners, KPF, GRID, Patel Taylor and Stanton Williams – replaces most of Howard Robertson’s 1961 Shell Centre complex apart from a 27-storey, river-facing skyscraper.

Submitted to local authority Lambeth Council, the 2.15 hectare masterplan features 790 apartments, 48,300m² of offices, 7,500m² of retail, cultural and leisure uses.

The development is split 50:50 between offices and residential and would start on site immediately if planning consent is won, according to the developer.

Squire and Partners is designing the site’s tallest structures, two residential towers of 122 and 102 metres each and a 23,200m² low-rise office building for Shell.

KPF is designing an adjacent 23,200m² glass-clad office tower for pre-let and Patel Taylor is working on a residential block featuring 96 affordable units and a remodelled entrance to Waterloo underground station. Patel Taylor’s building could feature either 174 private rent apartments or 140 residential units for sale.

GRID has been appointed to design two residential structures overlooking the London Eye and Stanton Williams is proposing a residential block addressing the river. Both schemes feature around 100 units. GRID’s design features bronze cladding inspired by the 1951 Festival of Britain logo.

Michael Squire of Squire and Partners said: ‘We make no apology, this is a dense development, it sits next to one of the busiest train stations in Europe. This is a massive sustainable move that will allow people to live and work in the same area.’

Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar won a £300 million deal for the high-profile south London site one year ago. The developers hope to win planning by late 2013, being phased construction in February 2015 and complete the project by June 2019.

Last month David Chipperfield Architects has won planning permission for its £600 million redevelopment of Elizabeth House nearby next to Waterloo train station.



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