Aerial view of the Shell Centre re-development with London Eye next door
Asset Monitoring

Shell Centre

As part of an ambitious redevelopment of Howard Robertson’s original 1961 Shell Centre complex, adjacent to the London Eye on the South Bank, construction work has started to build a mixed-use project comprising office, retail and residential space. Up to 877 homes are proposed in the joint venture of developers Canary Wharf Group plc and Qatari Diar.

The scheme includes affordable housing as part of plans to revitalise the area with high quality architecture and much improved public spaces.

Apart from the iconic 1960s Shell Centre Tower, everything else on the site is being demolished to make way for seven new residential and office buildings, one of which will incorporate new offices and trading floors for Shell.

Project Summary

  • Name
  • Shell Centre
  • Location
  • London, UK
  • Date
  • October 2015
  • Client
  • Canary Wharf Group plc & Qatari Diar
  • Instrumentation Specialist
  • Consultant
  • ARUP


As part of the reconstruction, the existing four-level basement car park is to be partly demolished. The external walls will remain, but the internal floor slabs are to be removed.

Monitoring of the external walls is being undertaken at the three intermediate levels using 12 Geosense MEMS biaxial Tilt Meters connected to WI-SOS 480 analogue Nodes. The Nodes connect to the Gateway situated at ground level and the data is transferred via the internet to a website where it can be viewed, downloaded or transferred to any FTP address.

Prior to installation, signal coverage strength tests were carried out by the Instrumentation Specialist GETEC to prove connectivity of the Nodes to the Gateway. Despite the signals having to travel through several meters of mass concrete, connectivity of the system was confirmed. Full signal was even achievable from the basement level 13 metres below ground level.