The Dockland landlord and Qatari Diar are the development partners
behind the scheme to overhaul the site next to the London Eye.
The 1.45 million-square-foot
complex will comprise the existing 27-storey Shell Centre, eight new buildings
with shops and offices and 877 homes.
But the scheme was called in by
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles last week, throwing its immediate future
Songbird chairman David
Pritchard said they were hopeful the planning hearing would be held “in the
calendar year”. “We were very disappointed it was called in at all as we had
gone to great lengths to to ensure that the design took account of heritage
issues,” he added. Construction was due to begin in November.
The value of Songbird’s estate
rose 2.6% to £5.7 billion in the first half of the year, amid rising demand for
retail space at Canary Wharf and space at its Walkie-Talkie City skyscraper,
being developed by CWG and Land Securities.