The Shard Is To Have A New Neighbour

Office Principles has recently learnt that a planning application is soon to be submitted for a new residential skyscraper with 150 apartments. The new building will form part of the wider London Bridge Quarter scheme that includes The Shard, Western Europe’s tallest building, and The Place, a low rise office development that has been let to News UK, publisher of The Times and The Sun. Once London Bridge Quarter is fully developed it will create more than 2 million sq ft of residential, commercial, retail and leisure space.

Qatar and Irvine Sellar, the development consortium behind The Shard have appointed Renzo Piano to design the new residential tower. If planning permission is granted, it will be built on the site of Fieldon House, a 1970’s office building split across two levels on London Bridge Street, and St Thomas Street below.

The new building will cover 27 stories and will comprise of 160,000 sq ft of space which is equivalent to 150 flats. The developer has said that the new building was intended to ‘float’ about 14 metres above an enlarged public space. James Sellar, of Sellar Properties said, ”This exciting project continues the regeneration of the area around London Bridge station, building on the success of both The Shard and The Place”.

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