Court throws out Shell Centre challenge

39049pkThe court of appeal has dismissed the legal challenge put against the £1.2bn Shell Centre scheme, meaning development of the plan is likely to finally get under way.

Lat year the Government approved the 1.45m sq metre Shell Centre development plans.

Then Communities Secretary Eric Pickles MP gave the go ahead to the redevelopment of the Shell Centre on the South Bank.

The plans had first won approval from Lambeth Council and Mayor Boris Johnson back in May 2013, but Pickles then called in the plans, citing concerns about the impact of the redevelopment around Westminster, a world heritage site.

A public inquiry was held, which was then later given the go-ahead.

But the plans were then taken to the court of appeal by a group of activists, which have now been dismissed.

A spokesperson for Braeburn Estates, the joint venture between developers Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar, said:
“We are pleased that the appeal against our proposed redevelopment of the Shell Centre has been dismissed. It had already been through an exhaustive planning process and we now look forward to commencing works on site in the near future and, in so doing, to bringing many benefits and much regeneration to this important part of London.”

The plans are for a set of offices, apartments, shops and restaurants in eight buildings that would sit around the existing 27-storey 107 metre tall Shell Centre, covering some 1.45 million sq ft.

In total, the development will be split with 800,000 sq ft of offices, 80,000 sq ft new shops and restaurants, and around 600,000 sq ft of residential space, making around 900 flats.

In July 2011 Shell announced that a joint venture of Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar had bought a virtual freehold (a 999-year lease) on the Shell Centre for £300m and would redevelop the site.