Renzo Piano’s plans for a 14-storey office block in Paddington – a replacement for the abandoned 72-storey residential ‘Paddington Pole’ tower proposal – have been submitted to Westminster City Council
The £775 million cubic building and new public realm, for developer Sellar Property Group, will occupy the Royal Mail sorting and post office site next to London’s Paddington Station.
An earlier concept, featuring a 254m-tall skyscraper dubbed the Paddington Pole, was ditched in January following criticism from leading architects, Westminster Council, residents and campaigners battling to protect the capital’s skyline.
The new 54m x 54m x 54m perfect cube will house 33,445m² of offices, shops and restaurants above 0.5ha of newly created public realm, including a piazza and pedestrian links to public transport.
Renzo Piano Building Workshop’s revised Paddington plans for the Sellar Group, submitted September 2016
Renzo Piano Building Workshop is working on the scheme with William Matthews – who worked on The Shard while employed by Piano – and BDP.
Sellar Property Group chairman Irvine Sellar said: ‘We are pleased to submit our revised plans for Paddington after months of public consultation. Renzo Piano Building Workshop is a world-class architect, and the design provides a commercially viable building that will deliver real change for the area.
‘Paddington serves as an international gateway to London, and our scheme provides both an elegant building and much-needed new public space that will become a destination in its own right. We believe our plans will deliver significant improvements for the area surrounding Paddington Station and provide a catalyst for local retail, business and leisure to thrive.’
Westminster City Council is expected to deliver its decision on the proposals in December.