Shell Centre to be redeveloped by Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar

Canary Wharf Group plc (“Canary Wharf Group”) and Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company (“Qatari Diar”) have today concluded an agreement with Shell International (‘Shell’) to redevelop the Shell Centre site at South Bank, in the heart of London.

Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar have entered into a 50:50 joint venture, contributing £150m each to secure the 5.25 acre site on a 999 year lease. The Canary Wharf Group £150m element of the consideration is being satisfied from existing corporate resources. The aggregate £300m payment for the site is conditional on planning permission being received for the project within three years. Canary Wharf Group will act as the Construction Manager for the project and will also be Joint Development manager with Qatari Diar. For these roles, fees will be generated for the transaction and apportioned between the parties based upon their broad level of contribution.

Discussions will now commence with local planning authorities and relevant stakeholders to establish planning consent, detailed designs and a timetable for construction for a project that will re-energise an important section of the South Bank.

The development will be mixed use, comprising office, retail and residential space. The well known 1950s, 27 storey tower in the middle of the Shell Centre will be preserved and retained 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.

George Iacobescu CBE, Chairman and Chief Executive of Canary Wharf Group plc said: “The South Bank is one of London’s best loved places. It is both a privilege and a great responsibility to be involved in this redevelopment project which will re-energise a key part of this area of London. We look forward to working with our partner Qatari Diar, the local community and with Shell to enhance the London economy and the vibrancy of the South Bank.”

Commenting on the agreement Mohammed bin Ali Al Hedfa, Group CEO of Qatari Diar said: “Qatari Diar is delighted to have signed this agreement with Shell. We look forward to working with our partners at Canary Wharf Group and the local community to redevelop this iconic location. When Qatari Diar begin any new project we are entering into a long-lasting commitment with our partners and the wider community to leave a positive cultural, environmental and sustainable footprint.”

Graham van’t Hoff, Chairman, Shell UK said “Today we have chosen world acclaimed developers that have an excellent track record in delivering on projects of this size and scale” said “This is a great step forward and represents considerable reinvestment in the South Bank. Shell Centre is our long-term home in London and we’re keen to start working with Canary Wharf Group, Qatari Diar and local stakeholders to develop and deliver a project that will benefit both London and the local community.”

ENDS

Further information:
Canary Wharf Group plc
John Garwood
Tel: 020 7418 2312
John.garwood@canarywharf.com
Brunswick Group
Tel: 0207 404 5959
Canarywharf@brunswickgroup.com

Qatari Diar (in Qatar):
John Watts
+97466876682
johnw@brownlloydjames.com

Notes to editors:

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 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 35 signature projects in more than 20 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