The Sellar Property Group and Renzo Piano, the developers and architect behind The Shard, are teaming up once again to create a 65-storey skyscraper in Paddington

Is West London about to welcome its own version of The Shard? Great Western Developments Ltd and The Sellar Property Group have unveiled proposals for 224 metre tower to be built on the site of the former Royal Mail sorting office at 31 London Street. The developers are working with Renzo Piano, the architect behind London’s tallest building, on the building’s design.

Located next to Paddington Station and St Mary’s Hospital, the development is part of a wider project to transform the area, with plans for over 200 new homes and 150,000 sq. ft. of office space. The tower will also include shops, restaurants and cafés along with an open-air roof garden offering panoramic views of London. 

A planning application is due to be submitted to Westminster Council later on this year and with Crossrail arriving in 2018, this new public space is likely to serve both commuters and residents here well.

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

There’s good news for Bakerloo line users, too. The development also includes plans for a new and improved ticket hall and easier access to the Tube platforms.

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