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Upstream Building Also known as Shell Tower

 

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  • The Shell Tower caused a major row. Violating planning rules it was originally expected to be refused until Shell threatened to locate elsewhere in Europe if they did not get their HQ built where they wanted it.
  • Original plans called for a tower over twice as high. This was cut back due to a compromise.
  • The entire Shell Center is modeled on the Rockefeller Center in New York with it's complex of buildings and was the first development to have a public plaza.
  • When built it was Europe's largest office complex and remains the joint HQ international HQ of Shell along with Royal Dutch in Holland.
  • The design proved particularly controversial with many architects of the day thanks to its art deco styling that rejects the glass modernism seen elsewhere such as Britannic House. The unintended result however is that it has aged particularly well compared to other similarly sized buildings of the era.

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13-05-2013 > Planners Recommend Shell Centre Approval

21-09-2010 > Shell Seeks London Development Partner

30-10-2007 > Waterloo Set For More Towers

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Architect
Sir Howard Robertson
Developer
Shell Transport
Main Contractor
Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd
Quantity Surveyor
Gardiner & Theobald
Services Engineer
Ewbank & Partners
Structural Engineer
Scott Wilson

Reference Data

Reference No.
115
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
19-11-2016
 

Building Location

Address
Belvedere Road, Waterloo, London. SE1
Estate
The Shell Centre
Council
Lambeth
County
London
Region
London
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Proposal date
1954
Construction start date
1957
Completion date
1962
Renovation Date
2010
Style
Art Deco

Roof Height (AGL)
107.00

Total Floors (O.G)
26
Total Floors (U.G)
3

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Primary Use
Office


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