After the Renzo Piano Building Workshop's landmark collaboration with the Sellar Property Group on London's Shard tower, the Italian starchitect has just released plans for one more venture with the British property developers in the capital.
Paddington Place, a mixed use complex set to sit adjacent to Paddington Station, has been launched by Sellar in collaboration with the Great Western Developments Ltd, who submitted this week a planning application for the redevelopment of a former Royal Mail sorting office that will be part of the complex.
The scheme involves 1.3 acres of public realm, a centrepiece 254-metre tall slender tower, 330 new homes, as well as office space for business of varied sizes; but public infrastructure is set to benefit from the project too. The plans include a new and enlarged ticket hall and step-free access to the Bakerloo Line platforms, as well as enhanced connections between the station's other lines. Retail and leisure space will host cafes and restaurants, spilling out to an accessible roof garden.
The team behind the development aims to transform the area around Paddington Station with this project – improving connectivity, streamlining circulation and breathing new life to the neighbourhood with its public space, which includes a large piazza, and street-level café and restaurant scene.