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Piano unveils 65-storey Paddington tower proposal

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Renzo Piano Building Workshop has released designs for a 224m-tall mixed-use tower development on the site of a former Royal Mail sorting office next to London’s Paddington Station

Piano has reunited with the Sellar Group, the client behind the Shard, on the 65-storey scheme which will contain 200 homes, plus offices, shops, restaurants and cafés.

The £600 million development of 31 London Street also features 0.5ha of public space to ease congestion and improve connectivity around the station, while the tower will be topped by an open-air roof garden, inspired by Kew Gardens and London’s garden squares.

Renzo Piano said: ‘The creation of urban public realm has been at the forefront of our design.

‘The current public realm in Paddington is poor, with congestion in and around the entrance to the Bakerloo line leading to frequent closures.

‘This scheme looks to remedy those issues, while creating a wonderful sense of place, which Paddington greatly needs.’

The east-west Crossrail line run through Paddington from 2018, which is expected to take the station from being London’s eighth busiest place to fourth busiest.

The new public realm is aimed at improving connectivity to St Mary’s Hospital and blend sympathetically with the hospital’s own masterplan.

Renzo Piano Building Workshop proposed 224m-tall mixed-use tower development on the site of a former Royal Mail sorting office at 31 London Street next to London’s Paddington Station. Images released October 2015

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.

A planning application is expected to be submitted later this year.

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’.

Previous story (AJ 12.06.15)

Piano reunited with Shard client for £600m Paddington job

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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  • "The creation of urban public realm has been at the forefront of our design. ‘The current public realm is poor, with congestion in and around the entrance to the [tube]...This scheme looks to remedy those issues, while creating a wonderful sense of place"

    Almost word for word what Piano promised with the Shard. Have you noticed the great urban public realm that has provided, or how it has helped with the congestion issues at London Bridge, or how it has created any sense of place? I haven't. You get a sense of place in Borough market when you can't see the damn thing. The only "sense of place" it creates is enjoyed from Kent, when I can easily note "oh look, that's where London Bridge is".

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  • Susan James

    What are the microclimate implications?

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  • Neo-Medievalism continues apace. The 1% continue to create their own private castles in the sky...

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  • Chris Rogers

    Oddly the big splash from Sellar on the Standard yesterday also failed - as does this - to mention the successful, massive Paddington Waterside development literally next door, complete with all the things this promises - flats, offixces, eating, connectivity - etc. Oh, and it also has a tower - One Merchant Square. Of course I don't necessarily expect a rival developer to mention his opponent, but both the Standar and the AJ should.

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  • Thanks for the helpful pictures of the Shard, in case there's anyone who hasn't got a clue what that looks like.

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