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Shell Centre gets green light as appeal thrown out

The £1.3bn redevelopment of the Shell Centre on London’s South Bank looks set to go ahead after the Court of Appeal dismissed the last legal challenge to the project.

Local activist George Turner has been fighting the decision by then communities secretary Eric Pickles to grant planning permission for the scheme last June.

The High Court dismissed the case in February, but Mr Collins later opted to appeal the decision.

Developer Braeburn Estates, a joint venture between Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar, is expected to begin work on the site later this year.

A spokeswoman for Braeburn Estates 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 redevelopment of the 27-storey Shell Centre tower will see the construction of eight new buildings, varying from five to 37 storeys.

The new buildings will have 580,000 sq ft of office and retail space, and 820,000 sq ft of residential space.

Squire and Partners was masterplanner for the project, with phased construction originally slated to begin in 2013.

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