STANTON WILLIAMS ARCHITECTS APPOINTED FOR SHELL CENTRE REDEVELOPMENT
28 May, 2012 – Canary Wharf Group plc and Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company have appointed Stanton Williams to join the team of architects working on the redevelopment of the Shell Centre site on London’s South Bank.
Stanton Williams will work with masterplan architects Squire and Partners to design one of the individual buildings within the mixed use redevelopment.
They will work alongside three other architects firms appointed earlier this month – Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, Patel Taylor and GRID Architects – and also with Townshend Landscape Architects who were appointed by the developers in March.
All the concept design proposals that are currently being drawn up are subject to an extensive public consultation process which started earlier this year. Over 1,000 members of the local community have already contributed towards the on-going consultation process.
The next round of consultations is scheduled for the end of June, providing a further opportunity for stakeholders to provide feedback on the evolving draft masterplan.
A spokesperson for the developers said: “Stanton Williams’ proposals stood out and demonstrated a clear understanding of our brief. We know they will be a valuable addition to our growing team of top-class architects, and will play an important role in redeveloping this special part of London.”
The Shell Centre development is the latest in a series of significant projects undertaken by Stanton Williams. The firm has previously worked on a new UAL campus for Central St Martins at King’s Cross, the Tower of London and Cadbury’s Bournville Place.
For more information on the Shell Centre community consultation, visit www.shellcentredialogue.com
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About the Shell Centre site 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.
The Draft Masterplan proposes to deliver the following elements:
• Retention of the existing Shell tower
• New office building and trading floors for Shell, replacing existing wing buildings
• Approximately 800 new residential units
• Additional office space
• New public spaces
• New pedestrian connections through the site
• New retail units, restaurants and cafés
• Potential for a new cultural or community facility or event space
• Additional community benefits
• Affordable housing
• Parking at basement level
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
Stanton Williams is an award winning international architectural practice based in London. The firm has developed its portfolio from an initial focus on museums and galleries towards a wide variety of projects, all of which demonstrate the practice’s over-arching objective of putting the user’s experience of space, light and materials at the forefront of the agenda. Completed projects include: the new Campus for the University of the Arts London at Kings Cross, Tower Hill, the recently completed Sainsbury Laboratory in the University of Cambridge’s botanical gardens, the Hackney Marshes Centre and the Eton Manor site for the London Olympics 2012. Current projects include: King’s Cross Square, the Stadtmuseum Berlin and the Grand Musée d’Art in Nantes.