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31 London Street, the former Paddington Sorting & Delivery building

31 London Street, the former Paddington Sorting & Delivery building

4. March 2013
31 London Street

31 London Street

4. March 2013
31 London Street

31 London Street

4. March 2013
View to London Street, Paddington Station on the right

View to London Street, Paddington Station on the right

4. March 2013
CGI of the proposed office building unveiled in July 2016. View to Paddington Cube from Hilton London Paddington. Image via paddingtonquarter.co.uk

CGI of the proposed office building unveiled in July 2016. View to Paddington Cube from Hilton London Paddington. Image via paddingtonquarter.co.uk

20. July 2016
The existing building on Praed Street in October 2016

The existing building on Praed Street in October 2016

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Paddington Quarter site on London Street in Autumn 2016

Paddington Quarter site on London Street in Autumn 2016

23.10.2016
Paddington Quarter development advertising on Praed Street

Paddington Quarter development advertising on Praed Street

23.10.2016
Paddington Quarter site, view from Praed Street to London Street

Paddington Quarter site, view from Praed Street to London Street

23.10.2016
Paddington Quarter banners on Praed Street in 2016

Paddington Quarter banners on Praed Street in 2016

23.10.2016

Paddington Quarter

Address:
31 London Street, London W2 1AA
Type:
Commercial
Completion:
Forthcoming
Offices:
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Description of Paddington Quarter

Paddington Quarter, formerly known as 31 London Street, is a former Royal Mail sorting office site in Paddington, London W2.

The site will soon to be redeveloped.

2016 July - Sellar Property Group unveiled new plans for the site.

Plans in 2015 - a 224-metre mixed-use building designed by Renzo Piano with more than 200 homes, offices, restaurants and a roof garden.

The building complex is across the road from and overlooks Paddington Station.

The site is approximately 0.45 hectares in size and comprises two buildings formally used by Royal Mail.

The red-brick building is a 6 storey structure built in 1985. The frontage dates from 1907 and some of the original 1892 building has also been preserved.

HISTORY

November 2015 - Sellar Property Group and the Singapore Hotel Property Ltd. (HPL) present Request for Scoping Opinion to Westminster City Council before a planning application is submitted to identify the information to be provided in an Environmental Impact Assessment, pursuant to Regulation 13 of the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2011, in connection with the proposed redevelopment of 31 London Street and surrounds. Ref no: 15/10201/EIASCO

2014 October - Royal Mail Group Limited sells the site to Great Western Developments Limited for £111 million in cash.

February 2010 - Royal Mail Group's vacates the buildings.

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News & Comments: (5)

Buildington
2016/12/07 16:26

The 19-storey Paddington Cube building designed by Renzo Piano was approved by Westminster City Council last night.

Buildington
2016/12/05 15:25

Westminster Council Planning Committee is discussing the Paddington Quarter application at a meeting that takes place tomorrow 6.12.2016.

The proposal:
Demolition of existing buildings and mixed-use redevelopment
comprising a commercial cube providing up to 50,000 sqm (GEA) floorspace of office/commercial uses, retail and café/restaurant uses at lower levels and top floor level, a retail/restaurant building on Praed Street; a new major piazza including pedestrianisation of London Street, a new access road between Winsland Street and Praed Street, hard and
soft landscaping, new underground station entrance and new Bakerloo Line Ticket Hall; and associated infrastructure and interface highway and transport works for underground connections, and ancillary works.

To see the full application please visit www.westminster.gov.uk/planning Reg. no. 16/09050/FULL.

Buildington
2016/07/20 11:45

Great Western Developments and Sellar Paddington Limited have unveiled revised proposals for the redevelopment of the former Royal Mail Sorting office adjacent to Paddington Station.

The proposals include a signature building to be called The Paddington Cube, more than an acre of new public realm and substantial investment in the transport infrastructure.

Designed by the internationally renowned award-winning Renzo Piano Building Workshop (“RPBW”), the key feature of the £775m proposed development will be a 360,000 sq ft 14-storey office cube lifted 12m above 1.35 acres of new public space. Once completed, The Paddington Cube will be capable of accommodating up to 4,000 new jobs for Paddington. The scheme will also provide 80,000 sq ft of retail and restaurant accommodation over five levels, to include a rooftop restaurant, dramatically improved access to Paddington Station and a £65m investment in a new Bakerloo line station and ticket hall.

“When you exit the station you will see a clear floating cube ‘levitating’ above the ground,” said Renzo Piano and Joost Moolhuijzen of RPBW. “We are obsessed with lightness and have given the building a sense of flying above the ground and defying the laws of gravity. The façade will be crystalline, like a fine lace of steel and glass in a clear pattern like the beautiful arches and skylights of Brunel’s station.”

The new proposals follow extensive consultations with local residents and stakeholders conducted over the past four months. It became clear from those meetings that a lower-rise building would be preferred together with a range of amenities and vastly improved transport connectivity.

Irvine Sellar, Chairman of SPL, said: “We wanted to create a building that reflected the needs of the local community but also gave visitors to London something special to welcome them. Paddington is an international gateway to the capital. We want to deliver a beautiful building and a dynamic new public space that will become a destination in its own right.

“RPBW has perfectly balanced the desires of the community, the constraints of the site and the need for commercial viability to produce a scheme that will transform Paddington Station’s front door and the immediate area around it. At the same time Paddington Place will be a catalyst to create a thriving neighbourhood – for retail, leisure and business.”

“The Cube floats 12m above the street level, creating an active and generous meeting place for people with restaurants and outdoor seating areas,” said Joost Moolhuijzen. “The pedestrian zone links two open public spaces: to the West is the new station forecourt, to the East is an intimate urban square just of Praed Street.”

Renzo Piano described the current Bakerloo entrance as a cramped and claustrophobic “Kingdom of Darkness”. He said: “Our design of the new public realm creates a new spacious entrance, physically and directly connected to the main station. Our ambition is to make it a truly outstanding place for people to work and visit, adding new life and vibrancy to the Paddington area.”

For decades the area directly surrounding Paddington Station has become increasingly congested as existing transport facilities have struggled to cope with rising passenger numbers. This is only set to grow when the Elizabeth Line (Crossrail) is completed in less than three years’ time as morning peak passenger movements will grow from 47,000 in 2011 to an estimated 94,000 by 2041.

These new proposals will make a major contribution to improving the experience and creating a dramatically uplifted environment directly around the station as well as delivering a first class international gateway and transport hub.

Sellar Property Group is in discussions with Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, to explore potential areas of collaboration

The proposals were unveiled at the public exhibition on Saturday 16th July and continued on Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th, with a further exhibition in September.

Full details are available on the website www.paddingtonquarter.co.uk.

Buildington
2014/10/16 16:26

Royal Mail plc has exchanged contracts for the sale of its former Paddington Royal Mail facility at which mail is sorted and sent to a delivery office mail centre site at London Street to Great Western Developments Limited for £111 million in cash, payable to Royal Mail Group Limited.

The one-acre site is adjacent to the Paddington main line railway station in central West London. It is part of Royal Mail’s ‘London Development Portfolio’, which comprises surplus1 sites Royal Mail has identified for potential sale or redevelopment in London. Royal Mail vacated the Paddington site in 2008 and operations relocated to Mount Pleasant.

Great Western Developments Limited is owned by Hotel Properties Limited, a listed Singaporean hotels and real estate company, which has a 70 per cent ultimate shareholding, and Anchorage View Pte Limited, which has a 30 per cent shareholding, both via a joint venture holding company.

In November 2012 Westminster City Council resolved to grant planning permission2 for Royal Mail’s mixed use scheme on the site. The purchaser intends to seek further planning permission which, if granted, will require the purchaser to pay a further £20 million to Royal Mail Group Limited. In addition, if the purchaser sells the site within two years of completion, it has agreed to pay Royal Mail Group Limited 50 per cent of any net sale proceeds above the £111 million purchase price if sold within the first year and 25 per cent if sold within the second year.

A 10% non-refundable deposit of £11.1 million is payable upon exchange of contracts. The remaining proceeds will be payable upon completion, which is expected to take place on 8 December 2014. Net cash proceeds of the sale of around £108 million will be used for general corporate purposes. The site had a net book value at 30 March 2014 of £1.6 million. The net book value reflects the purchase of the land over a number of years, beginning in 1889, subsequent building and development and Royal Mail’s policy of depreciating freehold properties over a period of up to 50 years. In addition, around £30 million has been invested in buying, building and fitting out the site over the years.

Martin Gafsen, Group Property Director, Royal Mail said: “Royal Mail continues to seek to optimise value from sites no longer required for operational use and will consider all options as to the manner in which this is achieved.”

- See more at: http://www.royalmailgroup.com

Buildington
2013/03/05 22:19

Application for Full Planning Permission received by Westminster City Council:

Temporary use as a theatre.

Source: Westminster City Council www.westminster.gov.uk/planning
Ref. no: 13/01429/FULL
Received: 14.02.13

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