Shard Place

RPS secured planning permission for this residential tower adjacent to the Shard which incorporates 176 residential units in a 28-storey building, with retail and restaurant uses on the lower levels and new public piazza.

Key details

Project name
Shard Place

Client
Sellar Developments

Location
London Borough of Southwark

Services provided

  • Planning

Challenge

Following our work in securing consent for The Shard and The Place at London Bridge Quarter, Sellar Developments proposed the redevelopment of Fielden House adjacent to provide a complimentary residential-led development to the new quarter at the entrance of London Bridge station. The proposals had to respond to both the emerging context of the Shard and Place developments, as well as the historic conservation area in which the site sat in designing a tall building on this tight site. It also had to address various technical constraints, including the railway viaduct; tube tunnels and infrastructure, and significant level changes. The development needed to deliver a proposal which not only provided high quality residential development, but also active ground floor uses at two levels and an engaging and usable public realm.

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Solution

Working closely with Southwark Council and the Greater London Authority (GLA) through a Planning Performance Agreement we established the principle of the building height, form and scale, as well as addressing the detailed technical and environmental requirements of the scheme. The proposals provided new retail and commercial space at ground floor level, with a new raised public concourse knitting the train and bus station into the wider area.

An approach to affordable housing was agreed whereby a proportion of the requirements were delivered off-site, with a payment in lieu to the Council’s housing fund. Further consents have been secured through amendments to the application to increase the number of residential units within the building and deliver changes to secure the implementation of the development. The scheme is now under construction and due for completion in 2020.

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