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LONDON-Railtrack has put in a revised planning application for the redevelopment of Paddington Station in London’s West End. The landmark office tower, designed by Nicholas Grimshaw, has been shortened to 25 storeys to meet the new height restrictions, imposed by Westminster City Council to protect the West End skyline.

Neighbouring landowner Chelsfield has already made a similar decision with its Richard Rogers-designed tower on the Paddington basin site. But other elements of Railtrack’s plans for the station – built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel in the mid-19th century – remain broadly unchanged

Phase two includes a 780,000 sf commercial development, with a link to the other major development sites in the area including the Paddington Basin, Paddington Goods Yard and St Mary’s Hospital sites. The scheme will also open up the station’s frontage to the Grand Union canal.

A new, larger concourse will ease the flow of passengers in the station, which currently attracts between 80,000 and 100,000 passengers per day. The scheme includes the creation of an additional platform and the lengthening of existing platforms and the creation of a new entrance on London Street to link into Paddington Basin.

Subject to planning permission, work on Paddington could begin as early as 2003 and be completed by 2007.

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