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Qatar’s sovereign wealth has secured local government approval to build almost 900 homes and eight office blocks at the site of Royal Dutch Shell’s headquarters.

Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment, the unit of the gas-rich state’s wealth fund, has been given the nod for the by the UK capital’s Lambeth Borough Council. It will be built alongside Canary Wharf Group, which owns the financial district of the same name.

The offices part development will be about 76,000 sqm with the towers ranging from five to 37 storeys at the site, which is located on the banks of the River Thames.

“The development would give to not only additional jobs in the borough but would also contribute towards strategic objectives for London in its promotion as a world city,” read a council document recommending planning permission for the project.

Qatar has invested heavily in London’s real estate market over the last five years.

The Gulf state is also funding luxury at the city’s site as part of a project that will include 450 residences and affordable homes. However, that project has faced numerous setbacks, with Prince Charles at one point intervening to request that its modernist design be revised. Qatari Diar, which is behind , still insists that it will go ahead.

Qatar owns a string of other property assets in London, including 80 percent of Western ’s tallest building, The Shard, Harrods and the US embassy.

Source:  http://www.arabianbusiness.com/qatar-wins-green-light-for-london-shell-centre-502540.html

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