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Ushida Findlay’s Shell Centre canopy scrapped

Project to build a temporary canopy at the Shell Centre on London’s Southbank has been abandoned

Planned to open in time for the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Urban Space Management-led scheme won planning permission last year but hit the buffers after plans to redevelop the site moved forward faster than previously predicted.

Findlay’s canopy was planned to cover a temporary market place and events space around the base of the Howard Robertson-designed 1961 complex.

Eric Reynolds of Urban Space Management said the three-year project’s window of opportunity ‘slammed shut’ due to speedy progress on the site’s redevelopment.

A Shell spokesperson confirmed the project was over but said discussions with another operator meant the area could still be opened up for the public in time for the Olympics.

‘The previous interested party withdrew because of the relatively short period of time which the site is potentially available for short term uses prior to redevelopment’, they said.

It is understood the architect remains hopeful the consented project could still be revived.

Early visuals showing redevelopment plans for the 2.12 hectare riverside site are expected to go on show next month.

Qatari Diar and Canary Wharf Group were appointed developers for the land in July. Squire and Partners and Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners worked on the £300 million winning bid.

Shell Centre in detail

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