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Plans approved for £300m Shell Centre overhaul

Lambeth Council has approved the Squire and Partners-masterplanned redevelopment of the Shell Centre on London’s South Bank

The contentious 134,700m² scheme – 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 the landmark 27-storey, river-facing skyscraper.

The development for Braeburn Estates, a joint venture of Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar, includes eight new buildings, one of which will house 22,000m² of office space and trading floors for Shell.

There will also be along with around 7,430m² of shops, restaurants and cafés as well as 877 homes.

Around 20 per cent of the scheme is affordable housing and up to £24 million could be contributed to the local authority as part of a section 106 deal which has yet to be agreed.

Work on the development, which was criticised by English Heritage and Westminster Council over its potential impact on views from nearby Parliament Square and St James’ Park (see below), is planned to complete in 2019 with work due to start before the end of this year (2013).

Qatari Diar Group chief executive officer Khaled Al Sayyed said: ‘Our development will be a unique place to live and work in the centre of London, providing locals and visitors alike with much needed public space, entertainment and culture.’

Lambeth council leader, councillor Lib Peck said: ‘Lambeth is delighted the development of the Shell Centre site is going ahead as it will deliver much needed jobs, new and affordable homes and better open spaces. We’re very pleased that Shell has chosen to remain in the area and that as part of the scheme we’ve been able to negotiate a substantial amount of money for improvements to community facilities, which will include extended Jubilee Gardens  by 2016.’

The Squire and Partners-masterplanned redevelopment of London’s Shell Centre

The Squire and Partners-masterplanned redevelopment of London’s Shell Centre

Previous story (AJ 13.05.2012)

Shell Centre revamp tipped for go-ahead despite English Heritage fears

The controversial towers scheme has been endorsed despite objections from English Heritage and Westminster Council over its potential impact on views from nearby Parliament Square and St James’ Park.

English Heritage called for tall buildings on the developments’ north east corner to be scaled-down or relocated to another part of the site to avoid damaging views.

In a report to Lambeth’s planning committee, planning officers claimed harm to views would be ‘less than substantial’.

The report said the scheme would ‘result in a true “mixed use” development whilst facilitating the retention of Shell Petroleum who would act as an anchor.

‘This secures certainty to the delivery of the scheme and in turn offers impetus for development objectives of the wider Waterloo Area by their continued commitment to be located here.’

The proposal is set to go before Lambeth’s planning committee on Tuesday next week (21 May).

The scheme – 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 late last year, the 2.15 hectare masterplan features 790 apartments, 48,300m² of offices, 7,500m² of retail, cultural and leisure uses.

Around 20 per cent of the scheme is affordable housing and up to £24 million could be contributed to the local authority as part of a section 106 deal which has yet to be agreed.

A spokesman for the joint venture developers of the Shell Centre site, Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar, said: ‘Our application for planning permission is being considered by Lambeth Borough Council. That process is ongoing and it would therefore be inappropriate for us to comment further at this time.’

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  • Its a sight that so many people see, when commuting, visiting london, enjoying the river...is this the best we can come up with?

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