Architect unveils plans for 224m London skyscraper

Renzo Piano has teamed up with developer Sellar Property Group to redevelop the former Royal Mail sorting office site at Paddington Station

Architect Renzo Piano has revealed his plans for another London skyscraper.
Architect Renzo Piano has revealed his plans for another London skyscraper.

Architect Renzo Piano has revealed his plans for another London skyscraper – a 224m cylindrical tower alongside Paddington railway station.

Three years after completing the 300m Shard the Italian architect has once again teamed up with developer Sellar Property Group to redevelop the former Royal Mail sorting office site at Paddington Station.

The 65-storey mixed-use tower at 31 London Street will accommodate 200 new homes, as well as offices, shops, restaurants and cafes..

"The creation of urban public realm has been at the forefront of our design," said Piano, who has also just revealed plans to convert a Moscow power station into a new arts venue.

"The current public realm in Paddington is poor, with congestion in and around the entrance to the Bakerloo [underground railway] line leading to frequent closures.

"This scheme looks to remedy those issues, while creating a wonderful sense of place which Paddington greatly needs."

31 London Street will have restaurants on the 60th, 61st and 62nd storeys, and an open-air roof garden modelled on Kew Gardens.

"We believe this exciting proposal will tap into the potential of Paddington and will prove to be a major catalyst for the continuing enhancement of the area, in much the same way that The Shard did for London Bridge," said Sellar Property Group chairman Irvine Sellar.

A planning application is expected to be submitted to Westminster council next month, with a completion date scheduled for 2020 – two years after the east-west Crossrail line will open at Paddington station.

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