ownshend Landscape Architects will play a major part in the forthcoming redevelopment of Royal Dutch Shell’s UK headquarters

Shell Centre site
Shell Centre site

Appointed by joint developers Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar, the award-winning company will design the public realm and open spaces of the Shell Centre on London’s South Bank.

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.”

While the iconic 27-storey tower in the middle of the Shell Centre will be retained and occupied by Royal Dutch Shell, it is proposed that the development will also comprise retail, cultural and residential space. Eight new buildings are planned, varying from eight to 35 storeys in height.

A spokesperson for Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar, who paid £300m for the building in July 2011, 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 the public, residents and visitors alike.”

With a portfolio of recent projects including King’s Cross Central, Bishops Square Spitalfields, Carter Lane Gardens and St Paul’s Churchyard, Townshend Landscape Architects will collaborate with Squire and Partners on the planning application.

All design proposals are going through a public consultation process, with the needs of local residents and prospective occupiers being taken into account.

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