Southbank Place shapes up as third phase tops out

Qatari Diar & Canary Wharf Group share new construction images

Qatari Diar and Canary Wharf Group’s redevelopment of the former Shell Centre is shaping up.

The Southbank Place project, which is reworking a 5.2-acre swathe behind the London Eye, has hit a construction milestone with the topping out of the third phase, and the team has shared a few aerial shots to show us how they’re getting on…

The two towers comprising the 97-unit Belvedere Gardens phase have topped out at 39 and 71 metres respectively, with exterior panelling and glazing being fitted as we speak. These panels were tested for strength, water resistance and colouring in Germany, and for noise and ground wind reduction in a wind tunnel – normally used to test high-power race cars – at Southampton Uni. In a nice touch, GRID Architects is harking back to the site’s illustrious past as the venue for the 1951 Festival of Britain, etching the bronze Abram Games-designed Festival Star onto the façade.

Richard Oakes, Sales & Marketing Director, Europe, Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company: “Southbank Place will have an incredibly positive impact on the landscape of the city. To be able to showcase the exterior of Belvedere Gardens is a fantastic achievement and will continue to build excitement for the opening of one of London’s ultimate mixed-use developments. The fantastic architecture that results will truly be an asset to an already diverse and exciting South Bank area.”

Brian De’ath, Head of Residential Sales at Canary Wharf Group: “This is a momentous step in the construction programme. There has been a phenomenal amount of effort from everyone involved in this project, at every level, and when complete, Belvedere Gardens will be one of London’s finest addresses.”