Reubens’ Cucumber brings New Office Space to Paddington
The Reuben brothers’ initial design plans to build three residential and office towers in Paddington have been given planning consent by Westminster Council.
One of the buildings is set to be the tallest in the UK, standing at 460ft, which will tower over Big Ben by an extra 124 ft. Nicknamed the Cucumber because of its curved shape, the 42-storey residential tower is expected to “transform” the area and add a new dimension to Paddington’s skyline.
Alongside the Cucumber, officially known as the Paddington Basin tower, the plans include three smaller buildings that will introduce new office space and retail space to the area.
Councillor Alastair Moss, chairman of Westminster’s planning committee, believes that the scheme has the potential to push Paddington into the limelight as “an exciting hub of residential, retail and leisure facilities.”
However, plans for the tower – which also includes a roof top sky bar – have been criticised by groups such as the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (Cabe), who says that the initial designs fall short of the “world-class” standard required and the circular shape of the structure would present “challenges” to its surroundings.
According to the London Evening Standard, the report said: “The design team’s passion for achieving the highest design standards is evident… However, we feel that this has not translated into a building of exceptional design quality that is distinct in character from many corporate office buildings.”
Robin Partington, the architect behind the building’s distinctive design, says that Cabe’s review is out of step with other expert and influential views, including those of Westminster planners and London Mayor Boris Johnson, who has also given his support to the plans.
“We’ve been working with a whole range of interested parties and they’ve all been extremely supportive,” said Partington.
The Reuben brothers will submit more detailed plans for planning consent later in the year.
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