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Shell Centre building in July 2011.

Shell Centre building in July 2011.

July 2011
Shell Centre overlooking river Thames.

Shell Centre overlooking river Thames.

July 2011
Shell Centre

Shell Centre

July 2011
Shell Centre top floors.

Shell Centre top floors.

July 2011
Shell Centre in February 2012.

Shell Centre in February 2012.

February 2012
Shell Centre in March 2014

Shell Centre in March 2014

March 9, 2014

Shell Centre

Address:
2 York Road, London SE1 7LZ
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Mixed use
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Description of Shell Centre

Shell Centre is located on Belvedere Road in Bishops Ward in the London Borough of Lambeth SE1.

The site is currently being redeveloped - see Southbank Centre in the New Developments.

The existing building was designed by Sir Howard Robertson.

Redevelopment of the 5.25 acre site on the South Bank in London will retain the 27 story tower and introduce additional office, retail and residential provision on the site.

Shell have vacated wing buildings and temporarily relocated some staff to offices in Canary Wharf and The Strand, who will return to a new office building on the redeveloped site. Shell continue to own the tower building and expect to stay in occupation while redevelopment takes place.

The well-known Shell Centre Tower will remain the centrepiece of the redevelopment. The existing 27 storey tower in the middle of the Shell Centre will be preserved and retained by Shell. Shell initially agreed to take a 210,000 sq ft prelet of one of the 2 new office buildings to be constructed on the site but have subsequently agreed to increase the lease to the full 245,000 sq ft available in the building. In total the redevelopment will comprise 523,000 sq ft of office space, 79,000 sq ft of shops, restaurants, cafes and a health club, together with 835,000 sq ft of residential, creating 877 homes.

The development will be mixed use, comprising office, residential and retail space, which will regenerate an important section of the South Bank in central London.The Tower will be complemented by eight new buildings, one of which will incorporate 245,000 sq ft of new office space and trading floors for Shell. The site will comprise approximately 800,000 sq ft of office space (including the Shell Centre Tower), 80,000 sq ft of new retail units, restaurants and cafés, and 800,000 sq ft of residential space incorporating up to 790 new homes, including affordable housing. The development is planned for completion in 2019.

In May 2013, a resolution to grant planning permission was achieved subject to finalising a Section 106 agreement and stage 2 referral to the GLA and Secretary of State. In July the GLA issued its stage 2 report endorsing Lambeth's right to determine the application and support the development plans. Subsequently, in September 2013, the joint venture was notified that the Secretary of State had called in the planning application. The planning inquiry concluded in December 2013 and the planning inspector submitted his report to the Secretary of State in the last week of February 2014.[3]


Sources:
1. Shellcentredialogue.com May 2012
2. Canary Wharf Group Canarywharf.com March 2013
3. Canary Wharf Group - Financial Statement of the Group for the year ended 31 December 2013 www.canarywharf.com

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Buildington
2015/03/10 17:35

Canary Wharf Group, working with joint venture partner Qatari Diar, is set to commence the transformation of the Shell Centre later this year, another of London’s prestigious waterfront sites on the South Bank. This follows a High Court decision last month to dismiss a challenge to the Secretary of State’s decision to approve plans for the redevelopment of the Shell Centre.

Southbank Place will be an important catalyst for the regeneration of Waterloo, creating thousands of jobs and hundreds of homes, which in turn will benefit London and the UK. The 27-storey Shell Centre Tower will remain the centrepiece of the new 1.47 million sq ft mixed use site and will continue to be owned and occupied by Shell. It will be complemented by eight new buildings comprising 1.4 million sq ft of mixed use office, retail and residential space, and a further 500,000 sq ft of new office space in two new buildings. The site has been master planned by Squire and Partners and phased construction of this highly sustainable development is expected to commence later in 2015.

Source: Canary Wharf

Buildington
2015/02/26 21:36

The High Court has dismissed a challenge to the Secretary of State’s decision to approve plans for the redevelopment of the Shell Centre site on London’s South Bank, reports Canary Wharf Group.

Today’s dismissal in the High Court by Justice Collins follows a challenge to Secretary of State Eric Pickles’ decision in June 2014 to approve plans by Braeburn Estates, a joint venture between Canary Wharf Group plc and Qatari Diar, for the 1.45 million sq ft mixed use Shell Centre scheme.

In a joint statement, Braeburn Estates said: “We are pleased that the challenge to the Secretary of State’s decision to grant our planning application to redevelop the Shell Centre has been dismissed. 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.

“The planning application has been through a thorough and comprehensive process including a public inquiry and has been supported by Lambeth Council, the Mayor for London, the Planning Inspector and the Secretary of State. 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. We are hopeful that this is the final stage in the extremely rigorous planning process around this development, and we look forward to commencing work in the near future.”

Sir Edward Lister, Deputy Mayor for Planning said: “It is good news for south London that this unnecessary and hugely-expensive legal challenge has been dismissed. This scheme will provide a huge economic boost for Lambeth and paves the way for hundreds of much needed new homes and jobs. After such lengthy delays, I hope that this is the end of the legal process and that work can begin on this important development.”

The 27-storey Shell Centre Tower will remain the centrepiece of the new site and will continue to be owned and occupied by Shell. It will be complemented by new buildings comprising 580,000 sq ft of office and retail space and 820,000 sq ft of residential space. The site has been master planned by Squire and Partners and phased construction of this highly sustainable development is due to commence later in 2015.

Buildington
2015/01/27 10:28

Joint venture developers Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar have unveiled their plans, which will re-vitalise the area with high quality architecture and much improved public spaces.

A mix of offices, homes and retail space will integrate with open and attractive public areas, while new pedestrian routes will connect nearby Waterloo Station with the South Bank of the River Thames. A widened Chicheley Street will open up the approach to the London Eye, while a ‘city square’ at the heart of the scheme will provide open space and help people move around the area.

The well-known Shell Centre Tower will remain the centrepiece of the new site, occupied by Shell which is taking a further 245,000 sq ft of space. The Tower will be complemented by eight new buildings, one of which will incorporate new offices and trading floors for Shell. Approximately 800,000 sq ft of office space (including the Shell Centre Tower), along with around 80,000 sq ft new retail units, restaurants and cafés, will be accompanied by approximately 800,000 sq ft of residential space incorporating up to 790 new homes, including affordable housing. The development is planned for completion in 2019.

The proposals for the development incorporate a highly efficient energy centre which will reduce the carbon footprint of the site. The system will be designed to interconnect with a district heating network being explored for the wider South Bank area.

Sir George Iacobescu, Chairman and Chief Executive, Canary Wharf Group, said: “It is a privilege to have the opportunity to work on such a historically interesting and important site as the Shell Centre. Our vision is of a beautiful place to live and work in the cultural heart of the most exciting city in the world. Just as importantly, we look forward to working with the local authority and the community to ensure that local people get the best possible opportunities from this new development for many years to come.”

More than 1,000 local people, businesses and visitors have shared their views on the future development, through an extensive, year-long community consultation, which has helped to shape the scheme masterplan, by leading architects Squire and Partners.

Qatari Diar Group Chief Executive Officer Eng. Mohammed bin Ali Al Hedfa, continued: “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.”

Graham van’t Hoff, Chairman, Shell UK, said: “We’re excited about our future here on the South Bank, and look forward to bringing our London-based staff back to one location once the application is approved and construction is complete. Shell Centre is our long-term home in London, and we’re confident that Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar will deliver a project that will benefit both London and the local community. It will create prime office and residential space, as well as attracting more people to the South Bank with new shops and restaurants.”

- See more at: http://www.qataridiar.com/English/MediaCenter/PressReleases/Pages/new-Look-For-London%E2%80%99s-South-Bank-As-Shell-Centre-Plans-Unveiled.aspx#sthash.veNxlkdi.dpuf

Buildington
2014/09/20 09:02

Section 288 legal challenge has been launched by a single individual against the Secretary of State’s decision despite the exhaustive enquiries that have been carried out.

Source: Canary Wharf Group PLC, Interim Report for the 6 months ended 30 June 2014 published 18.09.2014 http://group.canarywharf.com

Buildington
2014/06/09 12:45

The Secretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government has given the green light to plans for the redevelopment of the Shell Centre development on London’s South Bank.

The announcement from Secretary of State, Eric Pickles, follows his decision to call in the planning application by developers Braeburn Estates in September 2013.
Braeburn Estates is a joint venture between Canary Wharf Group plc and Qatari Diar for the 1.45 million sq ft mixed use scheme, comprising offices, residential and retail which has been master planned by Squire and Partners.

Phased construction of this highly sustainable development is now due to commence in late summer.

Sir George Iacobescu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Canary Wharf Group, said: “We are delighted that the Secretary of State has approved these plans. The project will deliver many significant local benefits with new jobs and employment programmes, hundreds of new homes including much needed affordable housing, together with new open spaces and a park. We feel privileged to have this opportunity to play a role in regenerating this popular but somewhat neglected area of London. We will continue to work closely with local stakeholders to ensure our move into the construction phase is as considerate as possible to the local community.”

Qatari Diar Group’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Khaled Al Sayed, continued: “Our priority is to get this construction project moving, so that businesses, residents and visitors to the local area start to reap the benefits of this fantastic scheme as soon as possible.”

Director of the redevelopment for Shell, Richard Montgomery, described the redevelopment’s importance to Shell: “The South Bank has been Shell’s home in London for more than 50 years. This redevelopment will enable us to continue to make a positive contribution to the South Bank and wider Waterloo area’s regeneration. It will also see Shell’s London staff all based in one location for the first time in many years.”

The 27-storey Shell Centre Tower will remain the centrepiece of the new site, and will continue to be owned and occupied by Shell. It will be complemented by eight new buildings, one of which will incorporate a further 245,000 sq ft of new offices and trading floors for Shell, enabling all of their 4,000 London-based staff to be located together on the South Bank for the first time.

Approximately 800,000 sq ft of office space (including the Shell Centre Tower), along with around 80,000 sq ft new retail units, restaurants and cafés, will be accompanied by approximately 800,000 sq ft of residential space incorporating up to 877 new homes, including affordable housing.

The construction, which will continue over an anticipated six-year period, will employ an average of 700 workers on-site rising to approximately 1,630 at the peak of construction.

Source: Canary Wharf Group www.canarywharf.com June 6, 2014

Buildington
2013/05/23 11:23

The London Borough of Lambeth has approved the planning application by Braeburn Estates to redevelop the Shell Centre on London’s South Bank.

Braeburn Estates is a joint venture of Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar. The 1.45 million sq ft mixed use scheme, which has been masterplanned by Squire and Partners, will transform the 1960s office site, providing new offices for Shell and other corporate organisations as well as hundreds of new homes and new retail outlets. It will make a significant contribution to the on-going regeneration of the Waterloo and South Bank area.

A mix of offices, homes and retail space will integrate with open and attractive public areas, with the iconic Shell Centre Tower at its heart.

The 27-storey Tower will remain the centrepiece of the new site, and will continue to be owned and occupied by Shell. It will be complemented by eight new buildings, one of which will incorporate a further 245,000 sq ft of new offices and trading floors for Shell.

Approximately 800,000 sq ft of office space (including the Shell Centre Tower), along with around 80,000 sq ft new retail units, restaurants and cafés, will be accompanied by approximately 800,000 sq ft of residential space incorporating up to 877 new homes, including affordable housing.

The highly sustainable development is planned for completion in 2019, with construction starting at the end of this year.

Under the approved plans, new pedestrian routes through the site will improve connections between Waterloo Station and the South Bank. A widened Chicheley Street will open up the approach to the London Eye, while a ‘city square’ at the heart of the scheme will provide open space and enhanced public realm.

The 50:50 mixed use scheme presents a welcome contrast to the residential-focused developments dominating London. The construction project, which will continue over an anticipated six-year period, will employ an average of 700 workers on-site rising to approximately 1,630 at the peak of construction.

Once construction is complete, the redevelopment will significantly increase the number of jobs on site with more than 6,000 people expected to be employed between the two new commercial buildings and the Shell Centre Tower. The additional commercial space in the redevelopment will extensively expand the Shell London head office, allowing all of their 4,000 London based staff to be located in the same office for the first time.

The two new commercial buildings in the proposed redevelopment will accommodate approximately 4,120 office-based jobs, up to 295 retail jobs, and around 50 jobs in the community and leisure areas, totalling up to 4,465 jobs.
This presents new opportunities for employment both during construction and in long-term jobs around the South Bank.

Sir George Iacobescu, Chairman and Chief Executive, Canary Wharf Group, said: “We are delighted that Lambeth Council has approved these plans for us to work on such an important and historical site.

“We will continue to work with the London Borough of Lambeth and the local community as we move to the next phase of planning and development to ensure that all involved in the area get the best possible opportunities from this new development.”

Qatari Diar Group Chief Executive Officer Khaled Al Sayyed, continued: “Our development will be a unique place to live and work in the centre of London, providing locals and visitors alike with much needed public space, entertainment and culture.”

Ed Daniels, Country Chair, Shell UK, said: ‘This approval is an extremely positive step for a development that will not just regenerate Lambeth and provide vitality to the local community, but also secure the long-term future for Shell and it’s London based staff on the South Bank.’

More than 1,000 local people, businesses and visitors have shared their views on the future development, through an extensive, year-long community consultation, which has helped to shape the scheme masterplan.

Source: Canary Wharf Group www.canarywharf.com 22.05.2013

Buildington
2012/05/21 13:49

A ‘vision statement’ for the Shell Centre redevelopment has now been drawn up between Canary Wharf Group, Qatari Diar and Lambeth Council. Read more here http://shellcentredialogue.com/news-events.

Source: www.shellcentredialogue.com

2011/07/28 19:48

Canary Wharf Group has been chosen to transform five acres surrounding Royal Dutch Shell’s headquarters on London’s Southbank – one of the capital’s last remaining big development sites.

The oil group has picked a bid by Canary Wharf, which is majority owned by Songbird Estates and Qatari Diar, the property investment arm of the emirate’s sovereign wealth fund, to develop the site. The pair are thought to have offered about £350m to secure the mandate. The deal, which is expected to be confirmed within days, will result in houses, offices and shops being built around the Shell Centre near Waterloo station in central London.

Canary Wharf and Qatari are expected to knock down three low-rise buildings around Shell’s tower and build more than 1.5m sq ft of offices, shops and homes.

However, they will not redevelop Shell’s 27-storey headquarters – designed in the 1950s by the architect Sir Howard Robertson. Some of Shell’s staff will move to a temporary office in Docklands before work begins.

Plans to redevelop the area date back more than a decade. In 1997, the company announced proposals to build shops and a leisure centre in the area although the scheme stalled.

The oil company launched a search for new developers last year. Other bidders are thought to have included Development Securities in partnership with Carlyle, and Chelsfield in partnership with the Livingstone brothers. Development Securities and Carlyle pulled out last week after it became clear that Shell intended to go with Canary Wharf and Qatari Diar.

Canary Wharf is best known for developing 100 acres of offices in London’s Docklands area. The company recently built BlackRock’s City headquarters and is in partnership with Land Securities to erect the 37-storey Walkie Talkie tower.

Other developments currently being built in London include The Shard, by London Bridge station, which is set to become one of the most recognisable landmarks in the capital and will be completed in time for the 2012 Olympics.

Source: royaldutchshellplc.com

Buildington
2011/07/11 09:19

Canary Wharf Group with backing from Qatar is the frontrunner to develop the Shell Centre on London’s South Bank, one of London’s biggest and most valuable development sites, reports propertyweek.com.

Read the full article here http://www.propertyweek.com/news/news-by-region/london/canary-wharf-poised-for-shell-centre-win/5021289.article

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