Thursday, May 18, 2017
  • Southbank Place reaches landmark construction phase with the topping out of Belvedere Gardens

  • Belvedere Gardens will comprise 97 high-quality apartments with breath-taking views, starting from £1,050,000

  • Topping out marks a significant milestone in the luxury development, which is well on the way to completion

  • Development contains design-led homes inspired by The Festival of Britain


May 2017, London: Qatari Diar and Canary Wharf Group recently achieved the topping out of Belvedere Gardens, the latest phase of their joint residential development, Southbank Place. The 10 and 20 storey buildings have reached their full height of 39 and 71 metres above ground level respectively, a significant landmark in the construction of the prestigious development.


Belvedere Gardens, designed by the award-winning GRID Architects, occupies a prime position at the front of the 5.25-acre Shell Centre development. The buildings face on to Jubilee Gardens, offering unrivalled views of the River Thames and a host of landmarks, including the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye.


The buildings will provide 97 apartments, of one to three-bedrooms, as well as an extensive residents’ amenities floor and roof terrace. The design-led apartments vary in price and size, with one-bedroom apartments starting at £1,050,000.


During the planning and execution of the project, GRID Architects’ designs were greatly influenced by the Festival of Britain, a national exhibition held in 1951. In the wake of World War II, the exhibition symbolised a strong spirit of recovery and rejuvenation. The bronze Festival Star is subtly replicated throughout Belvedere Gardens, masterfully etched onto the façade.


The award-winning architecture practice undertook extensive research into the emblem, which was originally created by influential British graphic designer, Abram Games, and how it could be incorporated into the façade. The architectural team worked tirelessly to make the emblem fit geometrically onto bespoke folded aluminium panels.


To achieve the best results, each panel has been tested extensively in centres in Germany for strength, water resistance and colouring. In addition, the panels were tested for noise and ground wind reduction in a wind tunnel – used to test high-power race cars - at Southampton University, also used to test high-power cars. The panels are incredibly detailed, featuring alternate perforated holes and embossed dimples, with light-sensitive paint, so that the façade appears to transform with the movement of the sun throughout the day. The bronze colouring pays homage to the nearby Palace of Westminster, and is echoed throughout the exquisite interiors, by Goddard Littlefair.


Commenting on the topping out of Belvedere Gardens, Richard Oakes, Sales & Marketing Director, Europe, Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company said: “Southbank Place will have an incredibly positive impact on the landscape of the city. To be able to showcase the exterior of Belvedere Gardens is a fantastic achievement and will continue to build excitement for the opening of one of London’s ultimate mixed-use developments. The fantastic architecture that results will truly be an asset to an already diverse and exciting South Bank area.”


Brian De’ath, Head of Residential Sales at Canary Wharf Group, said: “This is a momentous step in the construction programme. There has been a phenomenal amount of effort from everyone involved in this project, at every level, and when complete, Belvedere Gardens will be one of London’s finest addresses.”


Purchasers at Southbank Place will benefit from the highest quality of living, with access to the 1,700 sq. ft. residents-only amenities floor, which will include his and hers steam and sauna rooms, a gymnasium, a 25-metre swimming pool, treatment rooms, wet room and gym classes. Residents will also be able to make use of an outdoor terrace and residents’ lounge, ideal for social gatherings and business meetings alike. Additionally, the development will include 48,000 sq. ft. of shops, restaurants and bars, plus 530,000 sq. ft. of office space, and a direct entrance to London Waterloo Station.


Potential buyers have the opportunity to view show apartments including fixtures, fabrics and design layouts in the development’s prestigious marketing suite in the Grade II listed County Hall building.


For further information on Southbank Place or to book an appointment in the marketing suite visit or call 0207 001 3600.




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Notes to editors

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 Qatari Diar

Qatari Diar is a global leader in sustainable real estate, building landmark projects of unrivalled scope and vision. We create vibrant communities dedicated to capturing the hearts and imaginations of the people we serve. These developments are conceived from our commitment to preserving and reflecting local characters and traditions and our visions have created places with a sense of identity and purpose where people aspire to live, work and visit.


Qatari Diar’s European operation is based in London, and boasts several key local projects, including a landmark residential development at the 12 acre Chelsea Barracks site in Belgravia; Southbank Place, a mixed-use joint venture between Qatari Diar and Canary Wharf Group situated in a prime central London location on the south bank of the River Thames; 30 Grosvenor Square, the current US Embassy in London, which will become a luxury hotel, retail and event space; and East Village & Elephant Park, a joint venture with Delancey and APG, offering more than 4000 private residential apartments for rent.


Qatari Diar seeks to harness the world’s greatest architectural and design talent in order to create sustainable communities that will stand the test of time.


About Canary Wharf Group

Canary Wharf Group plc has overseen the largest urban regeneration project ever undertaken in Europe, designing and building more than 17m sq ft of London real estate, which now houses local and international companies and renowned retailers.


The Canary Wharf Estate is a major retail destination comprising around 1m sq ft across five shopping malls, including the award-winning leisure development, Crossrail Place, housing one of London’s most stunning roof gardens. It also has world-class, year-round arts and events programme offering over 200 diverse and culturally inspiring events performed throughout the Estate.


Canary Wharf Group is a wholly owned joint venture between Brookfield Property Partners and the Qatar Investment Authority.