The masterplan for the iconic Shell Centre was unveiled in December 2012. Local people were involved in drawing up the plans to reenergise this important area of London during seven months of intensive consultation.
The masterplan was developed by joint venture partners Canary Wharf Group plc and Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company.
The scheme will comprise new public spaces, enhanced pedestrian connections through the site, community facilities, approximately 800 residential units, office space, shops, restaurants and cafes. Shell’s London workforce will remain on the site in the well-known, 1950s 27 storey Shell Tower and a new 210,000 square feet pre-let office building, which will include trading floors.
A vision statement for the Shell Centre redevelopment was drawn up between Canary Wharf Group, Qatari Diar and Lambeth Council. A series of consultation workshops was led by independent consultants, Soundings, to enable the proposals to respond to the needs of Waterloo residents, local employees and visitors who enjoy the facilities of the South Bank area. A range of approaches to the development was discussed which became a briefing from the community to the developers to inform a masterplan for the site.