Renzo Piano wins planning approval for Shard’s Little Sister

A 26-storey residential project by Renzo Piano is set to be built alongside the architect’s London Shard skyscraper.

Dubbed “Shard’s Little Sister” it will include 148 new flats, a roof garden, around 1,800m2 of shops and 1,200m2 of new public space on a site close to London Bridge Station.

Members of Southwark Council’s planning committee backed the plan for a site called Fielden House which form the latest phase of the London Bridge Quarter project being developed by Sellar and REM.

A statement from Sellar said the new building would “float” above the streets.

Work is expected to get underway at the end of next year for completion toward the end of 2018.

In a statement Renzo Piano Building Workshop said: “We are delighted to announce that our future vision for the Fielden House project, located just west of The Shard, was unanimously approved by Southwark at planning committee in London.

“In 2013, RPBW was appointed by Sellar Property Group to design a slender residential tower with generous public realm amenities at street level, to complement the now occupied, Shard and Place buildings.

“The proposed new public spaces and landscaping to be delivered by this mixed use development, were strongly supported and praised by the councillors in the meeting.

“The public realm improvements will have a significant contribution to the area and when completed in 2018, together with the new London Bridge station, will complete the regeneration of London Bridge.

“Last night’s unanimous approval marks the beginning of the next chapter of the London Bridge Quarter.”