Development to be called Paddington Place

Sellar has released new images of the firm’s proposed redevelopment of the Paddington Royal Mail sorting office at 31 London Street.

Designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, the scheme by Sellar Property Group and Great Western Developments Ltd, a subsidiary of Singaporean publicly listed Hotel Properties Limited, is to be called Paddington Place and includes plans for over an acre of new public realm.

The new public realm will include a piazza that will establish a new “front door” to Paddington Station, which will house a new enlarged Bakerloo Line ticket hall.

Meanwhile the 254m crystal light-reflecting tower will feature a sky garden and restaurant spanning 13,000 sq ft. There will also be over 108,000 sq ft of office space designed to accommodate small to medium sized businesses, over 330 new homes and 50,000 sq ft of retail space at Praed Street, rail concourse and tube station levels.

WSP is engineer on the project.

If planning is approved it is expected that the four-year build programme will create 450 construction jobs a year.

Sellar Property Group chairman Irvine Sellar said: “This exciting transformational development will enhance this important part of central London.

“Paddington’s transport interchange will be fit for purpose for the 21st Century and the wider mixed-use development and public space  will enhance the way residents, visitors, businesses and their people live work and play, and will make a major contribution in revitalising  this district.”

Chris Lim, group executive director of Hotel Properties Limited, said: “This is a unique opportunity involving an investment of over £1 billion to provide many public benefits and a scheme which we believe will drive further investment in the wider area.”