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Piano Designs Paddington Skyscraper

Renzo Piano, famed as the architect of the Shard, has been designing a new skyscraper for London to sit on one of the entrances atop Paddington Station.

The site is the former Royal Mail sorting office that sits to the north-east of the station. It was purchased by Great Western Developments, a Singaporean firm, in a deal last October for 111 million, which includes a further 20 million bonus payment if the developed secures planning permission.

The site has had some history with proposed developments, but these are modest compared to the designs by Piano. The proposals developed by Royal Mail which were approved in 2012 feature an eight-storey office building and a mere 128 apartments.

Replacing it, the Piano scheme will have a 200 metre tall residential tower, clad in glass and shaped like a pencil. The development also includes a new underground shopping mall that will connect to the underground stations around Paddington, and an office podium.

Managing the development is Irvine Sellar, who has had a fruitful partnership with Piano, whilst Farrells has carried out the feasibility studies on what the site can support.
A planning application is due by the end of the year.