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Piano submits plans for Shard’s little sister

Renzo Piano Building Workshop has submitted plans for a 27-storey residential tower next to The Shard

The tower, which standing at 100m-tall is a third of the height of The Shard, steps back towards the south to maintain views of the practice’s Stirling Prize-shortlisted skyscraper.

The scheme which contains 26 floors of apartments will also include roof gardens, retail spaces and public realm.

On the sixteenth floor a 300m² south facing roof garden will act as a meeting point for residents while also containing a children’s play area.

Located between The Shard and the practice’s recently completed 18-storey Place office building, the tower will replace the existing buildings of 21-27 St Thomas Street and Feilden House, and 28-30 London Bridge.

At concourse level – 7m above the street - a new public space will connect the building to its Piano-designed neighbours.

The scheme’s developer, Sellar, had previously proposed a three tower residential scheme to the east of the Shard near Bermondsey Street, designed by Herzog and de Meuron, which was nicknamed the Shardettes. But the plans were sent back to the drawing board when high-rise development policy for the area was changed.

Project data

Location Southwark, London
Type of project residential tower
Client Sellar
Architect Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Interior architect State of Craft
Landscape architect Dan Pearson Studio
Structural engineer WSP
M&E consultant Chapman BDSP
Quantity surveyor Aecom
Planning consultant CgMs Consulting
Specific environmental targets Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 and BREEAM Excellent

Previous story (AJ 14.01.14)

Encore for Piano at London Bridge with Shard’s little sister

Italian architect Renzo Piano has floated plans for a new 27-storey residential tower next door to his Shard skyscraper which completed last year

The project for Shard developer Sellar Property Group and the State of Qatar will feature 15,000m² of residential space spread across 150 apartments overlooking the City of London.

Images of the scheme – which replaces the 1970s Fielden House next to London Bridge – have yet to be revealed however a planning application is expected to be submitted shortly.

Piano’s tower will appear to float 14 metres above a new landscaped public realm on London Bridge Street designed in collaboration with Dan Pearson Studio – according to a statement from the developer.

A ‘multi-level’ retail space improving pedestrian access between London Bridge station’s raised plaza and the nearby ground level Guys Hospital is also proposed.

James Sellar of Sellar Property Group said: ‘We believe the proposed development will not only further enhance London Bridge Quarter in its present form but will substantially elevate the public realm surrounding the transport hub and complement the redevelopment of the station which is due to complete in 2018.’

Sellar had previously proposed a three tower residential scheme to the east of the Shard near Bermondsey Street, designed by Herzog and de Meuron, which was nicknamed the Shardettes.

A public consultation on Renzo Piano’s latest plans will open this week.

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