A first glimpse of the redevelopment plan for the Shell complex on the Southbank was revealed today. The scheme, by Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar, would see a selection of towers containing offices and 790 new homes, with an undisclosed number termed ‘affordable’.
The plans would also open up new routes from Waterloo station through to the river, with a central square for public use (though presumably privately controlled).
It’s a sensitive site, so close to the Thames, the London Eye and the cultural centres of the Southbank. Consequently, the scheme — partly informed by public consultation — is relatively conservative in appearance. Simple blocky shapes — not a world away from the developer’s home turf in Canary Wharf — surround the original Shell Tower. The stepped back arrangement of buildings does, however, introduce a certain harmony, at least from the one small visual that’s been circulated.
The development is earmarked for completion in 2019, assuming it gets through planning permission.