Renzo Piano Proposes New Paddington Quarter Plan

Renzo Piano Proposes New Paddington Quarter Plan

Renzo Piano has submitted reworked plans for the proposed 14 storey office block in Paddington.

The development will replace the abandoned 72 storey residential ‘Paddington Pole’ tower proposal and plans have now been formally submitted to Westminster City Council.

Developer Sellar Property Group is behind the £775 million cubic building and new public realm which will occupy the Royal Mail sorting and post office site next to London’s Paddington Station.

In January, the earlier 254 metre tall skyscraper concept called the Paddington Pole was ditched after receiving criticism from Westminster Council, leading architects, residents and campaigners battling to protect the skyline of the capital.

The new 54 metre X 54 metre X 54 metre perfect cube will be home to 33,445 m2 of office space, restaurants and shops above 0.5 hectares of a newly created public realm, which will include a piazza and pedestrian links to public transport.

William Matthews will work on the scheme with Renzo Piano Building Workshop having previously worked on The Shard when employed by Piano and BDP.

Irvine Sellar, Chairman of Sellar Property Group, said that they are pleased to be submitting their revised plans for the Paddington project following months of public consultation.

He added: “Renzo Piano Building Workshop is a world-class architect, and the design provides a commercially viable building that will deliver real change for the area.

“Paddington serves as an international gateway to London, and our scheme provides both an elegant building and much-needed new public space that will become a destination in its own right. We believe our plans will deliver significant improvements for the area surrounding Paddington Station and provide a catalyst for local retail, business and leisure to thrive.”

Westminster City Council is expected to announce its decision on the proposals before the end of the year, most likely in December.

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