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Grimshaw unveils new Paddington proposals after redesign - image

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Grimshaw has revealed its redesigned proposals for the 'triangle' site close to its controversial - and now-abandoned - Fourth Span scheme at Paddington Station.

The practice had originally drawn up a design for the canalside plot as part of a larger masterplan for the station which included the demolition of the iconic Grade I-listed shed.

However, last August (Paddington's fourth span saved from Grimshaw demolition ) Network Rail decided to postpone a massive development of the west London site and instead restore the structure - a move welcomed by conservationists at the time.

Now Grimshaw has resubmitted new plans for 'Building Three' at the north-west corner of the station on behalf of developers Hammerson (Paddington) and Domaine Developments.

The revised office proposals, which replace a scheme designed for Network Rail as part of the wider 2003 application, have been significantly remodelled and include proposals for a new Hammersmith and City line station.

Other amendments include the removal of an overhang which would have jutted out over the rail tracks.

The 18-storey block will feature 15 floors of offices over three storeys of transport interchange and public space.

It is hoped the scheme will start on site in January next year.

by Richard Waite

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