4th May, 2012
Additional architects appointed for Shell Centre redevelopment
Canary Wharf Group plc and Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company have appointed three additional architects – Kohn Pederson Fox, Patel Taylor and Grid Architects – to design buildings in the mixed use redevelopment of the Shell Centre on London’s South Bank.
In addition to their role as masterplan architects, Squire and Partners will work alongside the three firms to design individual buildings for office and residential use within the site, and also with Townshend Landscape Architects who were appointed by the developers in March.
All the design proposals that are currently being considered are subject to an extensive public consultation process which started earlier this year. Thus far, around 1,000 members of the local community have already contributed towards the consultation process, with many additional people due to be consulted in coming months.
A spokesperson for the developers said: “Our aim is to re-energise the area with new, dynamic buildings and high quality public spaces that will complement recent and future developments.”
“Each of the leading architects we have appointed demonstrated their world-class expertise, which is exactly what we need to redevelop this very special part of London.”
For more information on the Shell Centre community consultation, visit www.shellcentredialogue.com
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About the Shell Centre Redevelopment
In July 2011 developers Qatari Diar and Canary Wharf Group signed an agreement with Royal Dutch Shell to redevelop the Shell Centre site on London’s South Bank. The developers will take the 5.25 acre site on a 999 year lease, with Shell remaining the freeholder. The development will be mixed use comprising office, retail and residential space, subject to public consultation and planning consent.
The well known, 27 storey tower in the middle of the Shell Centre is retained and occupied by Shell. Shell will also take a 210,000 sq. ft. pre-let of one of the new office buildings to be constructed on the site. Shell is committed to returning its entire London workforce back to the redeveloped site on completion.
About Canary Wharf Group plc:
Canary Wharf Group plc is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies. It is focussed on the design, construction, leasing and management of grade A office space and high-quality retail and leisure facilities in central London. Over the past 20 years Canary Wharf Group has regenerated derelict wharves into one of the world’s premier business and shopping districts, constructing over 15 m sq ft of office space; more than any other company in London. These buildings are occupied by over 95,000 people. The Shell Centre will be The Group’s fourth project away from the Canary Wharf Estate, following the successful completion of Pan Peninsula, Drapers Gardens and ongoing construction of 20 Fenchurch Street (Walkie Talkie) in the City of London, which is in a joint venture with Land Securities. Canary Wharf Group’s tenants, clients and occupiers include some of the world’s leading business organisations from the media, legal, accounting, financial services, IT, energy and transport sectors. Canary Wharf Group has also developed and successfully let over 200 shops, bars, cafes and restaurants including many of Britain’s leading brands. Canary Wharf Group has been named one of the Sunday Times 60 Best Green Companies in the UK since 2008, was the Property Week Offices Developer of the Year 2010 and also won the Christie’s 2010 Award for Best Corporate Art Collection and Programme at the International Art and Work Awards. www.canarywharf.com
About Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company:
Wholly owned by the Qatar Investment Authority, Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company was established in December 2005 to support Qatar’s growing economy and to co-ordinate the country’s real estate development priorities. Qatari Diar is currently involved in more than 49 signature projects in 29 countries around the world. Qatari Diar is becoming established as one of the world’s most trusted and respected real estate companies because of its commitment to quality, local community, partnership and hallmark sustainability. Qatari Diar’s hallmark vision of sustainable development places community and local traditions at the forefront. The Company aims to create and manage property investments and developments which not only comply with the best international standards, but which also strongly reflect local culture and values. As a result, Qatari Diar’s projects deliver a distinctive and sustainable social, economic and environmental benefit to the community. In addition, Qatari Diar often enables local and international developers and investors to partner in its projects, and to work together in exploring other opportunities, both locally and internationally. www.qataridiar.com
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates:
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) is one of the world’s pre-eminent architecture firms, providing architecture, interior, programming and master planning services for clients in both the public and private sectors. KPF’s diverse portfolio, which features over 70 projects certified or pursuing green building certification, comprises corporate, hospitality, residential, academic, civic, transportation, and mixed-use projects located in more than 35 countries.
Patel Taylor’s work ranges from city scale planning and urban landscapes, to leading residential, mixed-use and workplace developments, and education and cultural buildings. It is involved with some of the largest urban regeneration schemes in the UK. 2012 heralds the delivery of its Olympic Village guidelines and over six hundred homes.
GRID has emerged out of one of the country’s largest architectural practices to reflect the evolving demands of the industry and its clients. It has undertaken some seminal residential developments in the last 10 years and still focuses on what it does best – Residential and Masterplanning Projects. It is undertaking new commissions on offices, a car park, a new church, a library and even a music venue.