Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Brand new images reveal crisp masonry façade and free-flowing interiors within the new landmark development


Wednesday 2nd September, London: The visionaries behind Southbank Place today reveal a first glimpse inside the new landmark development on the banks of the River Thames.


World-renowned architects, Squire and Partners, and industry-leading designers, Johnson Naylor, have collaborated to offer a preview of One York Square, the first phase of this coveted development on the iconic 5.25 acre Shell Centre site and former home of the Festival of Britain.


One York Square is the first of seven new buildings to be developed as part of the scheme, comprising 28 studio apartments, 75 one-bedrooms, 76 two-bedrooms, 16 three-bedrooms and four penthouses. The inaugural building will be the tallest residential element within the masterplan, forming the first in a collection of buildings surrounding the Shell Tower.


These design-driven apartments will vary in price and size, with a studio in One York Square starting from £540,000, a one bedroom apartment available from £685,000 and two bedroom apartments from £1,000,000.


Located in the former home of the Festival of Britain, Southbank Place promises to extend the South Bank’s cultural legacy, fusing modernity, vision and innovation.


Over 2,000 parties registered their interest in the apartments within the first week of registrations launching. Today’s preview of the meticulously designed properties will undoubtedly drive a surge in registrations ahead of the launch of the development later this month. 


The external architecture of One York Square responds to the building’s urban context, comprising a crisp masonry façade and intricate bronze details which become lighter as the building rises.  


The building is divided into four tiers, with the number of apartments decreasing as the structure ascends; eight apartments per floor in the first tier, six in the second, four in the third, and a final four stunning Penthouses. Two thirds of the apartments in One York Square enjoy a dual aspect, bringing the spectacular cityscape of central London and the City into the homes of the owners.


Throughout the design process, Squire and Partners have worked in close partnership with Johnson Naylor to ensure a perfect synthesis of the external and internal spatial arrangements.  Inside, flowing, well-proportioned spaces are flooded with natural light and effortlessly lend themselves to contemporary living in London’s cultural quarter.


Murray Levinson, Partner at Squire and Partners commented: “Squire and Partners’ designs for One York Square create an elegant residential tower which acts as a significant marker in the Southbank Place development. A simple plan ensures that the majority of apartments are dual aspect, with full height glazing maximising views of the River Thames, Embankment and South Bank.  Elevations are a crafted response to the local context, expressed as a crisp stone frame within which projecting balconies and bespoke bronze details add richness to the facade.  The building culminates in a dramatic four storey glazed lantern which contain exceptional penthouse apartments.”


Fiona Naylor, founding partner of Johnson Naylor added: "Johnson Naylor's carefully considered spatial planning and the interplay between graceful facade and internal spaces create exceptional apartments taking advantage of opportunities for views across London. The homes are intended as a quiet backdrop, using a simple balanced palette of fine carefully chosen materials of enduring quality. They are not intended to impose a style or way of living but will stimulate many tastes and approaches to furniture, art and objects, allowing the homemaker to add the final layer in the creative process."


Those seeking information about the development or wishing to register their interest can visit



Notes to editors

For further media enquiries, please contact:


Ajay Teli

Canary Wharf Group

Tel: +44 (0)20 7418 2326



Sophie Adamson

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About Southbank Place

Southbank Place is being developed by Braeburn Estates, a joint venture between Canary Wharf Group plc and Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company.


About Canary Wharf Group

Canary Wharf Group plc is an iconic London real estate business which has overseen the largest urban regeneration project ever undertaken in Europe. The Group design, build and manage a unique set of assets to serve local and international companies, renowned retailers and some of the UK’s most exciting technology start-ups.


Canary Wharf Group is a wholly owned joint venture between Brookfield Property Partners and the Qatar Investment Authority, two of the world’s largest commercial real estate and fund companies. The Group was acquired in March 2015 and as part of this process, Songbird, the former majority owner of Canary Wharf Group, delisted from the London Stock Exchange’s Alternative Investment Market.


About Qatari Diar

Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company is wholly owned by the Qatar Investment Authority, the sovereign wealth fund of the State of Qatar, and was established to co-ordinate the country’s real estate development priorities. Qatari Diar is currently involved in more than 39 signature projects in more than 21 countries around the world with a combined value of over $ 35bn.