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Saturday, 29 February

Pickles Takes Taste to Tower Conserve

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has now given the OK to a massive development - eight buildings in total - on London's Southbank which will surround the existing Shell Tower. Pickles had previously 'called in' the project over conservation fears.

ThisWeekinFM recently reported the growing number of planning consents awaiting approval on the south side of the Thames amid fears the area could become saturated with highrise buildings - developments range from offices and flats to mixed use.

This development had already been given planning application approval to  Braeburn Estates last year by the local authority, Lambeth and by mayor Boris Johnson. The build investment will come from a joint venture between Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar.

The1.45million.sq.ft mixed use scheme, which has been masterplanned by Squire and Partners, will transform the1960s office site ,providing new offices for Shell and other corporate organisations as well as hundreds of new homes and new retail outlets. As mentioned, the 27 storey Tower will remain as a centrepiece.


Squire & Partners’ Final Masterplan

The Final Masterplan has evolved through a process of consultation and dialogue between the design team, the developer team, the public, and key stakeholders since November 2011.

The Final Masterplan comprises the following key elements:

  • Retention of the existing Shell Tower
  • Demolition of adjoining Hungerford, York and Chicheley wings
  • Mixed-use development comprising offices, residential, retail, leisure/community uses located within eight new buildings and basement
  • Up to 798 homes including affordable housing 76,043sq.m of office floorspace including a new headquarters building for Shell
  • Up to 5,957sq.m of retail floorspace
  • Up to 2,557sq.m of community/leisure floorspace
  • Reconfiguration of existing basement to incorporate parking, servicing, plant and associated infrastructure
  • Provision of new public realm and landscaping within the development, including: new public square incorporating water feature; additional tree planting; new pedestrian through routes, including additional routes between York Road and Belvedere Road
  • Creation of a shared surface treatment on Belvedere Road, improvements to Chicheley Street including new landscaping and street widening, new crossings provided on York Road

Modifications and incorporation of London Underground ticket hall into one of the proposed buildings.

Article written by Brian Shillibeer


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