The Shard

Client: Sellar Developments | Location: London Bridge, London SE1 | Date of Completion: November 2011
Services Provided: Planning

Key Issues

  • Tall Buildings
  • Heritage & Visual Impact
  • Mix of Uses
  • Infrastructure
  • Infrastructure
  • S106 Contributions
  • Deliverability/Viability
  • Planning Inquiry

The Shard

Members of the planning team were appointed as planning consultant in autumn 2000 to prepare and submit a planning application for a new landmark, mixed-use building at London Bridge as part of the area’s regeneration.

The team provided strategic planning advice in relation to the proposals for the Shard and advised throughout the planning process which culminated in a Public Inquiry into the scheme in spring 2003 and planning permission being granted by the Government in November 2003.

Further work has been undertaken to secure permission for amendments to the building, as well as delivering consents for a series of enabling works and condition discharges to enable the development to commence on site.

London Bridge Place

Following the original grant of consent in relation to the Shard, the planning team were instructed to advise on the redevelopment of the adjacent site, London Bridge Place, which included the provision of a new London Bridge Bus Station.

The team, working closely with Southwark Council and the GLA, initially secured approval in 2007 for a 60,000 sq m office-led mixed use scheme. On going discussions with all stakeholders, including Network Rail, London Underground and Transport for London in relation to the provision of the new bus station, underground entrance and position of the Thames Link viaduct resulted in the preparation of amended applications for the scheme and bus station being prepared, which received planning permission in 2011.


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