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Old February 12th, 2006, 02:35 AM   #1
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New plans for Paddington & looks like the rumour that Rogers tower being cancelled has been confirmed. As Luke mentioned in anotehr thread estate gazettes has a rendering of a 43 storey multiplex res tower - so if anyone cvan get there hands on a copy.

http://business.timesonline.co.uk/ar...034504,00.html

Developers to submit 700m Paddington Basin plans
By Jenny Davey


DEVELOPERS at Paddington Basin in West London are poised to submit plans for a 700 million office, shopping and housing project that would be one of the biggest new developments in the capital, The Times has learnt.
Paddington Development Corporation, owned by Pearcroft, a private property group connected to Bruce Jarvis, the multimillionaire Labour donor, and a joint venture between the billionaire Reuben brothers and Multiplex, the Australian property group, is proposing a 1.8 million sq ft development, spanning six buildings.



The development is planned for land that had been earmarked for the Paddington Health Campus, which was set to become the countrys biggest private finance initiative hospital scheme, before the collapse of the project last year.

It also replaces an earlier commercial scheme, which had included the Grand Union building, a 650,000 sq ft office tower designed by the Richard Rogers Partnership.

The new planning application to Westminster City Council includes a mix of offices and shops as well as 559 homes, of which 30 per cent will be social housing. The project has been named Merchant Square to reflect the areas past as a key trading area.

The developers have already had discussions with Westminster Council and the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment about the scheme, but it is the first time the details of the project have been made public.

It is expected that planning permission will be granted by the end of this year and construction work will start on site in 2007.

The Reuben brothers and Multiplex acquired a 50 per cent stake in the Paddington Development Corporation after teaming up with Westfield, the Australian shopping centre giant, to bid for Chelsfield, the property group.

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Old February 12th, 2006, 12:19 PM   #2
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If it's residential then the height will be roughly the same as before, around 120-130m.

This is the previous design for the Grand Union Building:



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Old February 12th, 2006, 01:02 PM   #3
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I hope the new tower will be up to the standards of the GUB. It wont be taller considering that Westminster council reduced the initial height of the previous tower.

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I like that alot. Reminds me of Heron
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Old February 12th, 2006, 02:25 PM   #5
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^ From that angle, yes.

But from the other side it looks completely different!
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Old February 12th, 2006, 02:54 PM   #6
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I never liked that design, it's very lazy.

It always felt to me like Rogers just took some of his old designs from the mid 90's and mushed them together.
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I like Rogers' towers alot.
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Old February 12th, 2006, 06:08 PM   #8
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I was a fan of the GUB too, well at least resi towers get built quickly, with them not having to get that office pre-let. Anyone know who the architects will be? Any renders?
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I would never buy an apartment next to the westway...
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Old February 13th, 2006, 10:44 AM   #10
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I like it,m fairly simple, nothing extravegant, I think it would hav egone well, just have to see what the new one looks like...
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I'm getting a bit bored of Rgers to be honest. All his buildings seem to have that same detailing about them that started with Lloyd's. I'm all for 122 Leadenhall, but this just seems a bit boring to be honest.

For me, this tower represents how far we've come in London - and now I think we can do better.
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I sort of like the flared supports of the base of that tower. Oh well, at least we have something else to look forward too that might actually get built.
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looks as if the AJ has an article on it , unfortunately i do not subscribe...images too!
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I don't think it is a lazy design, I think it is quite nice. Designers cannot build a Swiss Re everytime as the costs would be higher and also the location has to be considered.
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Well if they cant afford decent design or a bit of flair then we should give the plot to a developer who can!
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Designers cannot build a Swiss Re everytime.
I never said they should.

I just said Rogers towers are becoming very generic in their styling.
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He has over used the ideas of glass elevators going up the outside of the building far too much.
It was nice the first few times he did it but he has been using those same ideas in buildings for over 20 years now and it's time for him to move on and do something new.
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well if it works? I suppose the idea is to have more 'liveable' space in the main part of the tower rather than a bulky core.

Oh and while they are at it redesigning the proposal can they please knock down Paddington Green Police Station, put it underground or something!
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^ Yeah its truely hideous, there are a few mid-rises round there that need pulling down. Any news on the Paddington Green residential tower? I think it was approved a while back and was around 80m-90m.
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Quote:
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He has over used the ideas of glass elevators going up the outside of the building far too much.
It was nice the first few times he did it but he has been using those same ideas in buildings for over 20 years now and it's time for him to move on and do something new.
I don't think it's overused - I happen to love this feature of his buildings.

Can't wait to see the lifts on 122 Leadenhall which are going to rise up 225m!







Btw, I went to a party at the Lloyds Building in December and was lucky enough to go up one of the lifts there, on the south facade. The views as you're rising above the streets are just... orgasmic.
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