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Piano wins planning for Shard's little sister


A 26-storey housing scheme designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop has been approved to sit alongside the architect’s Shard skyscraper and The Place

The project close to London Bridge station will include 148 new flats, a roof garden, around 1,800m2 of shops and 1,200m2 of new public realm.

The structure will occupy a 0.31hectare site, replacing the 1950s Fielden House office building on London Bridge Street and a neighbouring 1980s office building. It will sit west of The Shard and south of The Place - now rebranded ‘The News Building’.

Members of Southwark Council’s planning committee last night (4 November) gave their backing to the proposals, which form the latest phase of the London Bridge Quarter project being developed by Sellar and REM.

A statement from Sellar said the new building would ‘float’ above the streetscape, offering ‘improved site lines’ connecting it with Guy’s Hospital Quad and The News Building, as well as an open terrace wrapping around the base of the building.

Work is expected to get underway at the end of next year for completion toward the end of 2018.

Piano’s team is working with Dan Pearson Design Studio on the public realm landscaping.

Fielden House

CGI of the new buidling viewed from Guy’s Hospital Quad


Readers' comments (4)

  • Not bad, although I believe it should have been at least double the height (it looks "stumpy") and being taller would not only fit in better next to it's "big brother" but would allow more accomodation.

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  • Little sister? Can someone explain how this building could be described as feminine? Am I missing something?

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  • Would I get the impression Frank Lloyd Wright gets the boot as a brilliant design with Planning concerns built in and local character while Piano gets to wreck London without any moral or design character because there is money involved and stupid people slide down the very expensive glasswork for lousy provocative newspaper journalese ? I wanted to use that standard glass in low rise but if people slid on it I would prosecute them for copying geomorphic scour without due qualification, they did that to hydraulics in that insult to Diana. Nasty people sarcastic cynics incapable of design physics. London is sinking into the pit of clay as a large sewage production unit while Parliament plays games with Archictectural Structure safety and Planning quality. They really are evil and child destroying.

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  • Mike McNay
    Smart piece of perspective, that. Floats? It squats there like an incubus in front of Guy's quad. Thanks for the "public realm landscaping",

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