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Tuesday22 July 2014

Final Shell Centre proposals revealed

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Squire & Partners masterplan includes seven buildings

A team of architects led by masterplanner Squire & Partners is set to submit plans to overhaul the Shell Centre site on London’s South Bank.

The proposals have the existing Shell Centre at their heart and include seven buildings by KPF, Patel Taylor, Grid Architects, Stanton Williams and Squire & Partners, while the landscaping and public realm is being designed by Townshend Landscape Architects.

Chelsea Barracks developer Qatari Diar is working with Canary Wharf Group on the plans, which will see 75,000sq m of office space created.

The plans also include retail units, restaurants, cafes and 75,000sq m of residential space for 790 new homes. Chicheley Street will be widened to open up the approach to the London Eye and a new square and on-site energy centre are also proposed. New pedestrian links to Waterloo station and the South Bank are also included.

Squire Partners' Shell Centre masterplan

Squire Partners’ Shell Centre masterplan

Qatari Diar chief executive Mohammed bin Ali Al Hedfa said: “Our aim is to enhance an area in need of a renaissance, with a new mixed use development of which London can be truly proud.  We are confident that our proposed development will put a reinvigorated South Bank at its rightful place, at the Capital’s heart.”

The development is scheduled for completion in 2019.

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  • I like the hotel in Benidorm look the architects were obviously going for here.

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  • Who is there to save London from this sort of trash?
    Does the fact that there is so much of this sort of thing everywhere mean that nobody cares anymore?
    The sliced glass stump is particularly crass in a mass of crassness.

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  • The Shell centre always looked slightly odd on its own, these additional buildings will improve the area's appearance.

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  • This will put the Jubilee Gardens in shadow. Great going Shell.

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  • clichy

    What a waste. This is the kind of superficial design I would expect of KPF - even money that the glass stump is theirs.
    I expected better of Squire & partners, I really thought that they would go the extra mile.
    That such an important site is reduced to the usual wallpaper and average design is so sad.
    Let us hope Qatari Diar realise how bad this design is and pull the plug as they did with Roger's cynical scheme for Chelsea Barracks

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  • zecks_marquise

    @Ian, the building that "will put jubilee Gardens in shadow" was built in 1961

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  • Bah humbug

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  • What would Prince Charles say, publicly or otherwise?

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  • clichy

    @zecks

    Have you ever been to Jubilee Gardens?

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