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Piano reunited with Shard client for £600m Paddington job

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The developer of London’s Shard has chosen Renzo Piano for a £600 million overhaul of a former Royal Mail sorting office in Paddington, west London

The Pritzker Prize-winner has confirmed it is working with Sellar Group on a 70,000m² mixed-use regeneration of the disused Edwardian Baroque mail centre next to Paddington station.

Piano’s appointment comes nearly three years after completing London’s 309 metre-tall Shard skyscraper and one year after completing The News Building for the high-profile client.

Sellar Group was appointed development manager for the 0.5 hectare former Royal Mail site in October last year. The company is working for Great Western Developments which purchased the 1907 building for £111 million in 2014.

Fletcher Priest won planning for a £60 million overhaul of the unlisted complex – which contains the western terminus of the disused underground ‘Mail Rail’ – three years ago.

Images of Piano’s latest scheme have yet to be revealed but it is expected to be significantly larger than Fletcher Priest’s consented 25,000m² project which featured offices, apartments, shops and restaurants.

Farrells was commissioned by Sellar to complete an early feasibility study and masterplan for the site late last year. First opened in 1892, the historic Henry Tanner-designed building was expanded by Joseph Wagner in 1907.

A planning application is expected at the end of this year.



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