The redevelopment of the landmark Shell Centre on the London’s South Bank has cleared a major hurdle after the High Court dismissed a legal challenge which had delayed the controversial project.
The dismissal by Justice Collins effectively upholds a government minister’s decision that approve the plan by Braeburn Estates, a joint venture between Canary Wharf Group plc and Qatari Diar, for the 134,700m2 mixed-use scheme.
The redevelopment of the Thames-side plot has been masterplanned by Squire & Partners and which includes buildings by KPF, Grid, Patel Taylor and Stanton Williams.
The 27-storey Shell Centre Tower will remain the centrepiece of the new site and will continue to be owned and occupied by Shell.
According to Braeburn, its planning application had been already been through a ‘thorough and comprehensive process’, including a public inquiry.
It had also been supported by Lambeth Council, the London Mayor and the planning inspector.
The High Court action had been brought by writer and activist George Turner, who has led residents’ opposition to the controversial scheme. Turner claimed secretary of state Eric Pickles’ decision to award the scheme planning ‘flawed’.
‘The Secretary of State’s decision to grant planning permission has now also been upheld by the High Court and we welcome Justice Collins’ decision not to grant leave to appeal,’ Braeburn Estates said in a statement.
‘We strongly believe that our redevelopment of this important site will be a catalyst for the regeneration of Waterloo, creating thousands of jobs and hundreds of homes, which in turn will benefit London and the UK,’ it adds.