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The Times: City Diary by Martin Waller: Fostering interest

October 06, 2006 
SHELL has, I read, brought in Foster & Partners to redevelop its famous HQ on the South Bank next to Waterloo. As it happens, this is the second attempt by the oil company to improve the site, in an area of London that is increasingly popular for commercial development.

The last attempt, a couple of years ago, was blocked by the local council, Lambeth. The intention was to put in some shops, and councillors took the view that these might threaten local retailers, although frankly, the ones around the station are pretty crummy.

The latest redevelopment is also envisaging some retail space and will have to be cleared both by Lambeth and by Red Ken along the river. Some in the area are wondering whether the decision to include a new Labour-friendly architect such as Foster might swing the balance this time.,,630-2391112.html and its sister non-profit websites,,,,,, and are owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia feature.

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