Townshend Landscape Architects appointed as landscape architects for Shell Centre redevelopment

Canary Wharf Group plc and Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company have appointed Townshend Landscape Architects to design the public realm and open spaces of the Shell Centre redevelopment on London’s South Bank.

Townshend Landscape Architects will work with recently appointed masterplanner Squire and Partners on the planning application. They will design and detail the landscaping of spaces to provide high quality public realm within the site. All design proposals are subject to an extensive public consultation process which started earlier this year, taking into account the needs of the local community and prospective occupiers.

A spokesperson for the developers said: “The community consultation has so far shown that permeability and pedestrian movement across the Shell Centre redevelopment are important to those who live and work in the area. We look forward to working with Townshend Landscape Architects to help ensure that the site is attractive to users, residents and visitors alike.”

Robert Townshend, Principal of Townshend Landscape Architects said: “We are delighted to be part of the team on this landmark development in the heart of London. The scheme affords a wonderful opportunity to create a key piece of unique sustainable public realm which can be interwoven into the historic setting of the Shell Centre.”

The Shell Centre development is the latest in a series of significant projects undertaken by Townshend Landscape Architects. Under the leadership of Robert Townshend, the firm has previously worked on King’s Cross Central, Bishops Square Spitalfields, Carter Lane Gardens and St Paul’s Churchyard.

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Notes to editors

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.
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.
About Townshend Landscape Architects

Townshend Landscape Architects was established in 1988 by Robert Townshend. They are an award winning practice providing a professional landscape design, environmental planning and urban design service. The practice has considerable experience in designing public realm landscapes for prominent commercial, educational, residential, retail and leisure developments throughout the UK, Europe and abroad. They seek to provide design-orientated solutions with a particular emphasis on an innovative approach within the practical restraints of a project and to create sustainable places for the enjoyment of future users.