Contractor appointed preferred bidder for 16-storey building in Paddington

Laing O’Rourke has been named preferred bidder by Derwent London for the redevelopment of a 1960s office building in Paddington into a 16-storey new office block.

The proposed 240,000 sq ft building, which has planning consent, will also include two basement levels and two large roof terraces. Laing O’Rourke said the building’s diagrid design would allow flexible column-free floors.

Paul Sheffield, managing director at Laing O’Rourke Europe, said: “We are delighted to have been named preferred bidder on such a significant project in the area. Having worked successfully before with Derwent London we are very much looking forward to working in close collaboration with them again to ensure the successful delivery of the project.”

Simon Silver, Property director at Derwent London added: “Paddington’s success was founded on the genius of Brunel. We are confident that, with the Laing O’Rourke team, we will develop an innovative building fit for the next stage of Paddington’s regeneration with the opening of Crossrail in 2018.”