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Work Begins On Merchant Square Tower

Construction work is getting underway on what will be another almost-residential skyscraper for London, 1 Merchant Square.

Colliqually known as "the Cucumber", the 149.65 metre tall 42-floor tower will contain 222 luxury flats, a hotel with 90 rooms on floors one to nine, and a double height skybar on the top of it with a wrap-around floor allowing patrons to enjoy a full 360 degree experience should they wish to walk the diameter of the building.

Designed by Robin Partington Architects, the project is the final phase of the long-running Merchant Square redevelopment in Paddington that once complete will see the tallest building in the City of Westminster. Partington was one of the architects who worked on 30 St Mary Axe, popularly known as the Gherkin, and he's taken inspiration from past work in coming up with a curvaceous and circular design.

For the overall Merchant Square development it is perhaps the most important piece of the puzzle with a new public space, Garden Square, at its base that will connect the area properly by running on a north south axis through the site and connecting the tower directly to the dockside.

The same team have also worked on 6 Merchant Square, a lower rise building also beginning construction, which will stand nearby with a further 113 flats.
1 Merchant Square, Paddington
1 Merchant Square, Paddington