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Paddington landowner set to approve new tower scheme in further blow to Farrell

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Terry Farrell & Partners' Paddington Health Campus received another major setback this week as a pivotal landowner partner was expected to approve its own plans for the land in question.

As the AJ went to press, Paddington landowner PDCL was set to approve a new tower scheme by a 'prominent USbased architect' to replace Richard Rogers' long-running proposals for its site at the Paddington Basin development in west London.

The announcement follows the collapse earlier in the month of PDCL's negotiations with health authorities for a land swap to develop a large-scale £1 billion health campus based on Farrell's original drawings.

The announcement of the new plans lays to rest long-standing proposals by the Richard Rogers Partnership for the site.

Rogers submitted initial plans to Westminster council three years ago, which were subsequently amended.

The architect has since placed plans for its 28-storey Grand Union Building on the back burner after being granted planning permission in 2002.

It is understood that PDCL decided not to pursue the Rogers plans because the demands of the site had changed dramatically since planning was submitted.

A Westminster City Council spokesman denied proposals for the health campus had hit the rocks and said the council was still talking to authorities at the Department of Health and PDCL about taking the scheme forward.

The Grand Union Building was set to be the centrepiece in the final phase of the Paddington Basin development.

The site is located on the waterside at the far eastern end of the Paddington Basin scheme, between Harrow Road and the basin itself.

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