Paddington Cucumber Tower Gets OK

Full planning consent has been granted for a 42 storey tower nicknamed the Paddington Cucumber at European Land’s Merchant Square development in Paddington W2.

Outline consent was first granted for the development in 2011 and the final consent contains some changes from the original plans: A hotel has been removed from the 1 Merchant Square tower and replaced by more apartments. An adjoining building, 6 Merchant Square, has been increased in height from 15 to 21 storeys, again providing more apartments.

The latest buildings at Merchant Square will now have 426 properties compared to the 341 originally proposed, with 67 affordable properties. Once complete the so-called Cucumber Tower will be the tallest building in Westminster.

Vegetable comparisons aside, the amended plans illustrate how developers are reacting to the changing London market: Saleable apartments and affordable properties which satisfy the planners have been seen as preferable to a more speculative hotel development.

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Source Merchant Square
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