Shard developer announces project team for 31 London Street in Paddington

WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff and Turner & Townsend have won spots on the project team to deliver Sellar’s major mixed-use scheme in Paddington, west London.

The consultants join architect Renzo Piano on the scheme at 31 London Street, which includes a cylindrical 65-storey tower. Sellar worked with the trio on the development of the Shard skyscraper at London Bridge.

The project is being joint-developed by Great Western Development, a subsidiary of Singapore publicly listed Hotel Properties Limited.

The development adjacent to Paddington Station will see the former Royal Mail sorting office on the site transformed into 200,000 sq ft of office and retail space, featuring a Kew-inspired roof garden atop the tower. Over 200 new homes and public realm will also be created, which Sellar says will bring in £1bn of investment into the Paddington area.

The other members of the project team include: Gerald Eve, BDP, MSMR, Pringle Richard Sharratt, TP Bennett, Point 2 Surveyors and Ettwein Bridges.

Irvine Sellar, chairman of Sellar Property Group, said: “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, especially Praed Street – in much the same way that The Shard did for London Bridge.

This site shares much of the same DNA with its proximity to a major transport hub with tube, railway lines and bus routes, a neighbouring leading teaching hospital and the potential to provide much needed quality public realm.”

Chris Lim, group executive director of Hotel Properties Limited, said: “By partnering with Sellar Property Group on this truly transformational project, we are committed to playing our part in revitalising the area.

As a key transport hub into London, it is imperative that this innovative project reflects the dynamism of the capital and brings about a much-needed rejuvenation to Paddington to enhance the experience for residents and visitors.”

A planning application is due to be submitted before the end of the year.