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Paternoster Square saga reaches a happy ending

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Sir William Whitfield's sophisticated masterplan for the remodelling of Paternoster Square has won planning permission from the City Corporation. The scheme brings circulation back to ground level and should end a decade of controversy over the site. It includes buildings by MacCormac Jamieson Prichard, Michael Hopkins, Allies & Morrison, John Simpson, and two by Sir William.

The proposal is the third attempt to revamp the area. Arup Associates won an international competition in 1988 but lost the job after criticism by the Prince of Wales. A Neo-Classical scheme by a consortium including Terry Farrell then won permission, but failed to build during the recession.

Success will depend on detailed design quality of the buildings in a relatively low-key proposal, which nevertheless comprises more than 82,000m2 of new buildings and infrastructure. Developer is Mitsubishi Estates.

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