Plans approved for £775M Paddington regeneration project

WCN Editorial Team 9 Dec 2016 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Westminster City Council has approved plans for a £775M project to redevelop the former Royal Mail sorting and post office site adjacent to Paddington Station in London, UK.

The Paddington Quarter project will involve the construction of a 14-storey, cube-shaped office building, covering an area of 33,400sq m. The building will be located 12m above 1.35 acres of newly created public realm.

The project, for Great Western Developments and Sellar Paddington (SPL), has been designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW).

SPL chairman Irvine Sellar said: “Not only will we deliver a stunning 33,400sq m corporate HQ office building, we will be creating a 21st Century transport interchange for Paddington that will dramatically improve the area’s connectivity as well as hugely improving passenger and traffic congestion.

“In addition our £775M development will bring a range of quality shops and restaurants to the area that we believe will make Paddington Quarter a fantastic place to work and visit. The scheme will breathe new life into this under invested area and create a truly global gateway.”

Westminster City Council deputy leader and cabinet member for the built environment Robert Davis said: "It is a big, ambitious project that secures a £65M investment in public space and transport infrastructure and will create around 4,000 new jobs."

The new building replaces plans for a 72-storey tower, nicknamed the ‘Paddington Pole’, which were scrapped following substantial opposition.

* Data provided by Timetric's Construction Intelligence Center.

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