Paddington and the Grand Tower

RoyalMailPaddingtonSortingOfficeLondon0110904004aNearly 700 people have so far signed a petition in protest against the ‘Paddington Pole’ designed by Renzo Piano planned for the old Royal Mail sorting office site next to Paddington station (pic right). It’ll be shorter than the Shard, but will be the fourth tallest in London at 72 storeys with flats, offices, restaurants and a roof garden. Barbara Weiss of the Skyline Campaign, which aims to stop the devastation of London by badly designed and poorly placed tall buildings, says that ironically Westminster council has for years been the single strongest opponent of tall buildings. “If this one went ahead it would open the floodgates for other tall buildings in west and north London,” says Weiss. Another application for a 38 storey building behind the Piano one went in at the same time. “That is also enormously tall,” says Weiss. “Already this nascent cluster of tall buildings is being formed so we have to stop it before it goes through.”

Some Notting Hill locals say they are pleased that Piano will be designing a nearby building but people living nearer are getting really upset. Paddington resident Diana Tanaka says: “It’s a huge carbuncle – bigger than the Shard- and it will overshadow more than our entire neighbourhood and create an enormous amount of pollution from the energy generation by the buildings themselves, traffic pollution from stalled cars and people circling to try to find parking, infrastructure issues (our streets not built to sustain the levels of traffic), not to mention the aesthetics and property value reduction.” The Skyline Campaign, headed by Barbara Weiss, is spearheading the opposition barbaraweissarchitects

If you want to sign the petition, here is the link …

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