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Grimshaw wins planning for Crossrail over-site offices

Grimshaw has won planning permission for this 30,000m² Crossrail over-site development in Paddington, west London

The 15-storey mixed-use office and retail scheme was approved by Westminster City Council’s Planning Committee last night (4 February).

Crossrail plans to appoint a development partner for the prominent plot at the junction of Bishop’s Bridge Road and the Grand Union Canal.

The new building will feature an entrance to Crossrail, National Rail and Hammersmith and City line services at Paddington alongside a public lift and staircase from the canal towpath up to Bishop’s Bridge Road.

Crossrail land and property director Ian Lindsay said: ‘Securing planning permission for this major new commercial development is an important step forwards in the continued transformation of Paddington.

‘Crossrail is the first UK rail project to integrate new and improved rail infrastructure with high-quality over-site development and public realm improvements. This development will be a huge boost to regeneration in the area and a further phase in the renaissance of Paddington as a major commercial location.’

Paddington Waterside Partnership chief executive Kay Buxton said: ‘Paddington is one of the fastest growing commercial and residential areas in the capital. Crossrail will deliver improved and direct transport connections with London’s other major employment centres, smashing journey times to the City to nine minutes and to Canary Wharf to just 16 minutes, reinforcing Paddington as a major national and international transport hub.

‘This development not only enhances Paddington’s position as an important business location, it also delivers the desired integration with neighbouring development schemes at Paddington, including Merchant Square, North Wharf Road and Paddington Central.

‘Improved pedestrian access to the Grand Union Canal and a spectacular waterside public realm treatment will see this high quality scheme complement the rich heritage of its setting.’

The Crossrail project – connecting Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west with Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east via central London – is planned to open in 2018.

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