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Paddington Place

Location information

Location: Europe
Country: United Kingdom
City: London
Address: 31 London Street

General information

Started: 2016 year
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Completed: 2020 year
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Technical details

Height: 254 meters
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Floor count: 72 floors
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Design and construction

Architect: Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Style: Pole, Tower, Glass
Building Uses: residential, office

Paddington Place in London

Paddington Scheme in London

Paddington Place
Paddington Pole, 31 London Street

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Paddington Place
Architect Terry Farrell has spoken out against Renzo Piano's proposed 72-story Paddington Place skyscraper and has drawn up a rival scheme. In a letter to Westminster council, Paddington-based Farrell described Piano's £1 billion ($1.4 billion) supertall development as a "piecemeal, opportunistic scheme" that does not address the need for wider regeneration around one of London's major stations.
Farrell – who has designed KK100, Shenzhen's tallest skyscraper – has now revealed his own plans for a high-density but mid-rise scheme for the same site. "The potential opportunity to plan more widely for Paddington Station area is considerable and needs to be addressed in a much more comprehensive way," said Farrell in the letter.
"This is a sensitive location, next to conservation areas and historic buildings, and to a very significant Royal Park," he continued. "So the first route to explore must be a lower rise answer and the very last route that is acceptable is to pursue a super tower of 72 stories in my view."
While Farrell was a supporter of Piano's controversial Shard skyscraper at London Bridge station, he believes the parklands, conservation areas, and listed buildings surrounding Paddington make the new skyscraper model unsuitable.
But Farrell claims his resistance to the scheme is not solely regarding height. "I genuinely believe in tall towers in the right place and have done them successfully, which has been recognized by others," said Farrell.
Farrell's rival plans feature a group of 10- to 18-story blocks measuring no more than 55 meters in height, which have pedestrian permeability at ground and underground levels.
The architect believes this master plan could provide over 1,000 homes against the 350 offered by Piano's "Paddington Pole" and double the development area. The proposal would also increase commercial space below ground level to decrease its presence.
Renzo Piano, who completed the Shard in 2012, submitted plans for his cylindrical Paddington tower in late 2015. (via Dezeen)
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