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Old January 12th, 2016, 03:17 PM   #21
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Farrell protests over Piano's Paddington Pole
Architectsjournal.co.uk
11th January 2016

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Leading architect and masterplanner writes to Westminster Council calling 254m proposed skyscraper plan ‘opportunistic’ and ‘piecemeal’

Terry Farrell has attacked Renzo Piano’s proposed Paddington Pole skyscraper as an ‘opportunistic’ and ‘piecemeal’ scheme which fails to make the most of a significant opportunity for regeneration in the area.

In a strongly worded 1,500 word letter to planning authority Westminster Council, Farrell said he had supported Piano’s Shard at London Bridge but said the 70 storey tower planned at Paddington was a ‘much more sensitive site’, given the proximity of Royal Parks, listed buildings and residential conservation areas.

Farrell, who previously acted for the scheme’s developer Sellar Group in masterplanning the area around Paddington Station, said there was a ‘real need for a comprehensive wider scheme that doesn’t miss this opportunity to make a greater substantial difference’ adding that his firm had produced a detailed plan which would achieve this.

In the letter, sent last Friday (8 January) to case officer Sarah Whitnall, he wrote: ‘I have been a local resident for 15 years and have had my office here at the same local address for 30 years. I feel passionate about improving our local mainline station and its environment in a much more comprehensive way than is shown in these proposals.’

Farrell added that Paddington was ‘one of the few remaining mainline stations without a comprehensive plan’, adding: ‘In particular, our scheme and feasibility studies established that a viable scheme of medium rise (maximum 18 storeys, 55 metres) would be achieved for these developers with far more development area than the super tower’ and provided a chart demonstrating his calculations.

The architect, who has designed several tall buildings including the tallest in China by a British architect at Shenzen, argued that the ‘first route’ for the local authority should be to explore a lower-rise answer.
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31 London Street | Paddington W2

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1841468

Official website: http://31londonstreet.co.uk/



Project facts
  • Address: 31 London Street, London W2 1DJ
  • London borough: City of Westminster
  • Developer: Sellar
  • Architect: Renzo Piano
  • Height: 253m
  • Floors: 73



This scheme has been withdrawn from planning and a revised planning application is forthcoming.
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Damn nimbys, this has had a height reduction now
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