The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment has called for a 'serious rethink' of Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners plans for a 42-storey tower and transport interchange at Paddington. CABE's design review committee even suggested the tower part of the scheme could be abandoned altogether.
The damning conclusions were published this week alongside backing for the capital's other big tower proposals - Richard Rogers Partnership's 45-storey tower (AJ 13.7.00), also at Paddington, and Wilkinson Eyre's controversial 34-storey tower in the City (AJ 20.7.00).
CABE stopped short of calling for a change in architect on Grimshaw's £200 million scheme (AJ 6.7.00), and said it believes the practice can solve the problems of 'this extraordinarily complex project'. But it said the spans over new platforms are not sympathetic to Brunel's existing designs and routes for passengers between trains and taxis are unclear.
Grimshaw partner Andrew Whalley hit back, saying: 'The proposed scale and treatment does not upstage the Brunel station'. He also insisted the tower remains the correct response to the brief.