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Piano reunited with Shard client Sellar for £600m Paddington job

The developer of London’s Shard has chosen Renzo Piano to design a £600m overhaul of a former Royal Mail sorting office in Paddington, west London.

The Pritzker Prize-winner has confirmed it is working with Sellar Group on a 70,000 sq m mixed-use regeneration of the disused Edwardian Baroque mail centre next to Paddington station, reports Construction News sister title Architects’ Journal.

Piano’s appointment comes nearly three years after completing the Shard and one year after completing The News Building for the high-profile client.

Sellar Group was appointed development manager for the 0.5 ha former Royal Mail site in October last year.

The company is working for Great Western Developments, which purchased the 1907 building for £111m in 2014.

Fletcher Priest won planning for a £60m overhaul of the unlisted complex – which contains the western terminus of the disused underground ‘Mail Rail’ – three years ago.

Images of Piano’s latest scheme have yet to be revealed but it is expected to be significantly larger than Fletcher Priest’s consented 25,000 sq m project which featured offices, apartments, shops and restaurants.

Farrells was commissioned by Sellar to complete an early feasibility study and masterplan for the site late last year.

First opened in 1892, the historic Henry Tanner-designed building was expanded by Joseph Wagner in 1907.

A planning application is expected at the end of this year.



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