7 March 2012

Second Round of Consultation Workshops for Shell Centre Redevelopment

Local residents, businesses and visitors to the South Bank will have another chance to share their views on the mixed use redevelopment of the Shell Centre, in the second round of independent consultation workshops taking place in March.

Local people are being asked to put forward aspirations for the iconic site, which is being developed by joint venture partners Canary Wharf Group plc and Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company. The proposals will incorporate the existing tower and a new office building for Shell, with Shell’s entire UK workforce expected to return to the site following the redevelopment.

Led by stakeholder consultants Soundings, the workshops and public exhibition will take place at the former Shell Centre reception on York Road from 13 to 15 March 2012. Several approaches to the development will be discussed at the sessions, which will inform a briefing from the community to the developers.

Leading architects Squire and Partners were recently announced as masterplanners for the site.

The workshops follow the first phase of community consultation which took place in January and February and attracted participation from more than 800 people with an interest in the future of the South Bank.

A spokesperson for the developers said, “We have been thrilled with the number of people who have participated in the public consultation so far – each making a valuable contribution to our vision for the site.

“Our objective is to maintain this open, dynamic and on-going conversation with the South Bank community and all stakeholders throughout the planning process, and we urge any who have not yet attended a workshop to come along and share their views.”

Workshops and a drop-in exhibition will take place at the Shell Centre, 2 York Road, London SE1 7NA at the following times:

Tuesday 13 March:
• Drop-in Exhibition – 3pm to 6pm
• Workshop – 6.30pm to 9pm
Wednesday 14 March:
• Drop-in Exhibition – 4pm to 7pm
Thursday 15 March:
• Drop-in Exhibition – 11am to 6pm
• Workshop – 6.30pm to 9pm
Please RSVP to attend a workshop.
To register your interest, please email shellcentredialogue@soundingsoffice.com
For more information, visit www.shellcentredialogue.com.

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Notes to editors:

For further media enquiries, please contact:

Tim Carlton Jones: +44 (0)20 7861 2850 / tcarltonjones@bell-pottinger.co.uk

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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 twitter: @yourcanarywharf

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 more than 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