A high profile glass cube office building in Paddington has received the final go-ahead from planners.
The building has been designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, designer of a number of high profile buildings including the Pompidou Centre in Paris and The Shard. The project is being progressed by Sellar, who also developed The Shard.
Construction is expected to start next year for completion in 2021.
The wider £825m Paddington Square development, around Paddington railway station, will include new offices, shops and restaurants and a new Bakerloo underground station.
James Sellar, CEO of Sellar, said: “We are making tremendous progress with the pre-construction phase of Paddington Square, this transformational redevelopment of the entire area adjacent to the station that will create a vibrant destination bringing an exciting retail and leisure experience along with much needed commercial life.
“When completed by the end of 2021 Paddington Square will dramatically improve connectivity with a new Bakerloo Line station and the creation of a new public square space. With the arrival of the new Elizabeth Line, Paddington will become one of the capital’s major transport hubs with direct fast links to Heathrow, the West End, the City and Canary Wharf.”
The building is bound to focus attention on what is, let’s face it, currently a pretty uninspiring part of London – as well as concentrate further developer and investor attention on what will shortly become one of the best connected parts of the city.