Shell UK

Shell is a major energy producer and supplier. The company provides 13% of the UK’s total oil and gas production as well as making a vital contribution to the UK’s energy security by delivering energy into the UK from further afield.

Shell has been a major employer and occupier in South Bank for more than 50 years. The Shell office complex was designed by Sir Howard Robertson and built between 1957 and 1962. Originally two main blocks, one either side of Hungerford Bridge, the “downstream” building behind the Royal Festival Hall was sold during the 1990’s and converted to apartments.

The current Shell site, which includes its well-known Shell Centre Tower, is currently being redeveloped as Southbank Place by Braeburn Estates  (a joint venture by Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar).

The redevelopment will feature a mix of offices, homes and retail space, which will integrate with open public areas and an improved public realm. New pedestrian routes will connect Waterloo Station with the South Bank riverside, a widened Chicheley Street will open up the approach to the London Eye, while a ‘city square’ at the heart of the scheme will provide open space and help people move around the area.

The Shell Centre Tower will remain the centrepiece of the new site, occupied by Shell which is taking a further 245,000 sq ft of space. The Tower will be complemented by eight new buildings, one of which will incorporate new offices and trading floors for Shell. Approximately 800,000 sq ft of office space (including the Shell Centre Tower), along with around 80,000 sq ft new retail units, restaurants and cafés, will be accompanied by approximately 800,000 sq ft of residential space incorporating up to 790 new homes, including affordable housing. The development is planned for completion in 2019.

Shell have vacated wing buildings and temporarily relocated circa 1700 staff to offices in Canary Wharf and The Strand, who will return to a new office building on the redeveloped site.The development is planned for completion in autumn 2019. Visit for the latest construction updates in the area.

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Did you know?

Shell joined South Bank Employers’ Group in 1995.

Long before the Shard and the Sky Garden, when it first opened the Shell Tower was one of the tallest buildings in London and it featured a public viewing gallery, which provided almost continuous all round views of London.

During London’s New Year’s Eve celebrations, at approximately 11:59pm, the Shell Centre is illuminated and the remaining seconds of the old year are projected on the tower, in sync with Big Ben’s chimes.

Board Representative

Mark Clelland
Site Manager London