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Two Merchant Square Buildings Approved

The planning committee of the City of Westminster in London have approved two of the proposed buildings for Merchant Square, a major new development in Paddington.

Buildings D and E have been designed by the Kalyvides Partnership and Mossessian & Partners / Perkins & Will respectively with D being largely residential with 196 apartments on 16 floors, and E being largely office containing 32,500 square metres of space over 15 floors. Building D will be 52 metres tall and Building E will be 63 metres high.

Building E of Merchant Square is the most noteworthy of the blocks in the scheme with an atrium shaped like red fin, although this has been toned down following concerns from the planners it was too colourful however the aluminium facades have been retained as has the triangular floor-plate that tips a nod to the nearby Waterside Building.

Building D is a more traditional design harking back to the post-modern time of the eighties with ribbons of vertical marble strips every third floor giving a slight neo-classical look on the canal frontage. It's topped by set backs reducing the bulk and a roof garden for residents.

Both buildings are being developed by the Paddington Development Corporation Limited and are part of a six block scheme that includes what will be the first skyscraper for the City of Westminster if approved, Merchant Square Building A, that reaches over 150 metres in height.

They will sit alongside a series of similarly sized developments consisting in total of dozens of buildings, many of which are already completed including Paddington Waterside, Paddington Basin and Paddington Central which combine to make the area one of the biggest building sites in London.

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Merchant Square Building D

Merchant Square Building D
Merchant Square Building E

Merchant Square Building E
Waterside

Waterside
Merchant Square Paddington
Merchant Square Paddington