Plastics pipes in the Shell Centre building, London - a retrospective view

Building services # 1974 Southampton

In the early ‘1950s, The Shell International Petroleum Company decided to centralise their activities in a new Headquarters Building Complex known as “The Shell Centre”.

This complex was built in London, on-the Old Festival of Britain Site at Waterloo, overlooking the River Thames, and consisted of a twenty six storey tower block and three ten storey blocks (upstream building), tinked to two ten storey blocks (downstream building), and all was linked to an underground tiered system,

The function of the Centre was to locate over 5,000 staff and provide ultra modern facilities (known today as Environmental Care) with emphasis on: Modern.and Efficient Working Conditions Relaxation and Recreational Facilities First Class Catering Facilities Efficient.and Speedy Communications Reduced Travelling Inconvenience The Planners and Designers brief was to provide all of these plus other requirements in a complex to be of the highest modern standard incorporating such facilities and refinements that it would compare favourably with installations twenty years later.

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