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Going up: Piano's proposed Paddington tower gets higher

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Another seven storeys have been added to Renzo Piano Building Workshop’s proposed 65-storey skyscraper next to London’s Paddington Station

When first unveiled in October, the mixed-use scheme for the former Royal Mail sorting office was described as an ’elegant and slender 224m-tall tower’.

However the project’s developer Sellar Group - the client also behind Renzo Piano’s record-breaking Shard - wants to add an extra 30m to the early concept proposals. The new designs for the tower in west London now include 72 storeys, boasting a total height of 254m. 

The development of 31 London Street will contain more than 200 homes, offices, shops, restaurants and cafés and features 0.5ha of public space to ease congestion and improve connectivity around the station.

The new public realm also aims to improve connectivity with St Mary’s Hospital and ‘blend sympathetically’ with the hospital’s own masterplan.

A spokesman for the Sellar Group said: ’The change in height is part of a number of changes to the scheme, as a result of our ongoing consultation with the local community and our stakeholders. As such, the curved design of the tower has evolved and its height has increased from 65 storeys (224m) to 72 storeys (254m).

They added: ’[The proposed scheme] will dramatically transform this part of London.’

A full planning application is expected to be lodged with Westminster Council in January.

Pringle Richards Sharratt, TP Bennett and MSMR are also working on the project alongside BDP, which is looking at the landscape and public realm.

The plans for 31 London Street have been drawn up on behalf of Great Western Developments, a subsidiary of Singapore publicly listed Hotel Properties, and its development partner Sellar Property Group. 

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

 

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