London’s Shell Centre Awarded Planning Permission

Courtesy of The Canary Wharf and Qatari Diar Groups

The £1.2 billion Shell Centre development in London, masterplanned by Squire & Partners, has been awarded planning permission after being called in for review by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles. Featuring 8 towers of up to 37 storeys which will sit alongside the existing 27-storey Shell Tower, the scheme was granted permission by the local council last year but was called in for review over fears that it could threaten the UNESCO Heritage status of the area around Westminster.

However, despite being awarded planning once again, opponents of the scheme have said they will continue to fight it, and have threatened to mount a judicial review of the scheme.

Read on after the break for more on the controversy

Planning Finally Granted for Chelsea Barracks Scheme

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A design by Squire and Partners for the controversial Chelsea Barracks site has been approved for planning. The approval comes five years after an earlier scheme by Richard Rogers was derailed by Prince Charles, sparking a row over what some perceived as the Prince abusing his status by bypassing proper planning procedure. Since then the plans were put on hold due to the UK‘s poor economy, before being resurrected last year.

Read more about the new plans after the break

10 Hanover Street / Squire and Partners

© Gareth Gardner

Architects: Squire and Partners
Location: 10 Hanover Street, W1S 1YF, UK
Structure: Waterman
Quantity Surveyor: WT Partnership
Contractor: MACE
External Shutter Manufacturer: Astec Projects
Show Apartment Interior: Jess Lavers
Area: 2979.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Gareth Gardner, James Balston

Mayfair House / Squire and Partners

© Gareth Gardner

Architects: Squire and Partners
Location: Waverton Street, , Greater ,
Area: 807 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Gareth Gardner

8 New Towers Proposed for London’s South Bank

Building 1 – office use; Squire and Partners. Image courtesy of The Canary Wharf and Qatari Diar Groups.

Images of the transformation of the Shell Centre Campus, which include 8 towers to be designed by six different architects in London’s South Bank, have been released and submitted for approval by the local authority, Lambeth Council.

The project, under a  Masterplan by Squire and Partners and co-developed by Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar, is a 5.25-acre mixed-use scheme between Waterloo Station and Hungerford Bridge. While the famous 27-story Shell Tower will be preserved, the plans show eight new residential and office buildings will be constructed by six architectural firms: an office and two residential towers by Squire and Partners, one office tower by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF); a residential block by Patel Taylor; another by Stanton Williams; and two more residential towers by GRID Architects.

In total, about 800,000 sq ft of office space (which includes the existing Shell Tower), 800,000 sq ft of residential space (translating to 790 new homes, including affordable housing), and 80,000 sq ft of new retail units/restaurants/cafés will be created. As Michael Squire of Squire and Partners told The Architect’s Journal: “We make no apology, this is a dense development, it sits next to one of the busiest train stations in Europe. This is a massive sustainable move that will allow people to live and work in the same area.”

More on the proposed plan for London’s South Bank, after the break…