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Shell Centre redevelopment to submit for planning in November

[First look + plans] A detailed planning application for the Squire and Partners-masterplanned redevelopment of London’s Shell Centre is expected to be submitted before the end of this year

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.

Squire’s 2.15 hectare masterplan, currently under development, features 750 apartments, 46,500m² of offices, 4,600m² of retail and 1,900m² of cultural and leisure uses.

Featuring eight buildings, the scheme includes a new public square and routes from nearby Waterloo station to the riverside.

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 which could be a pre-let and Patel Taylor is working on a residential block which would feature affordable units and a remodelled entrance to Waterloo underground station.

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.

Around 1,900m² of cultural and leisure uses are also proposed for beneath the public square. Townshend Landscape Architects was appointed to work on the project in March.

The masterplan features a shared energy system which would see apartments heated by excess heat from offices.

The project is visible from London View Management Framework protected views in St James’ Park and Westminster Square.

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 and complete the project by 2018.

In April David Chipperfield, working for Chelsfield and London & Regional Properties, submitted revised £600 million plans for the redevelopment of Elizabeth House next to the Shell Centre.

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