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Townshend joins Shell Centre revamp team

Townshend Landscape Architects has been appointed to work on Squire and Partners’ masterplan for the redevelopment of London’s Shell Centre

The Clerkenwell-based company will design and detail the 2.15-hectare scheme’s landscaping and public realm.

A spokesperson for the developers said: ‘The community consultation has so far shown that permeability and pedestrian movement across the Shell Centre redevelopment are important to those who live and work in the area.’

Robert Townshend of Townshend Landscape Architects said: ‘We are delighted to be part of the team on this landmark development in the heart of London.  The scheme affords a wonderful opportunity to create a key piece of unique sustainable public realm which can be interwoven into the historic setting of the Shell Centre.’

Last month the AJ revealed the backers behind the high-profile redevelopment were looking for architects to design the scheme’s commercial and residential elements.

Appointments of architects to design individual buildings within the scheme will be announced later.

Squire is planning a cluster of ‘slender towers’ rising to 35-storeys and a cultural building at the site’s centre, it is understood.

A 27-storey skyscraper, part of architect Howard Robertson’s original 1961 Shell Centre complex, will remain as headquarters for the Dutch energy company, but all the other buildings are set to go.

Developers Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar paid £300 million for the building in July 2011.

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