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Decision day nears for controversial 14-storey Paddington ‘Cube’ development

Final decision on development due to be made on Tuesday

04 December, 2016 — By Alina Polianskaya

How the new building is set to look

A MAJOR development of a former Royal Mail sorting office has been recommended for approval by planning officials – despite objections from the top boss of St Mary’s.

A final decision on Sellar’s and Great Western Development’s Paddington Quarter plans, which include a 14-storey office building known as the ‘Cube’, and improvements to the Bakerloo line station, will be made on Tuesday.

As reported in the November 25 West End Extra, the chief executive of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, and the London Ambulance Service have objected, raising concerns and warning that the scheme could delay ambulance transfers to St Mary’s.

The development team denied the claims, and said the scheme would bring a range of benefits to the area, including £65million investment in public realm and transport infrastructure and around 3,500 new jobs.

Kay Buxton, chief executive of the Paddington Now Business Improvement District, said: “This proposal will transform Paddington, providing hundreds of millions of pounds of investment that Paddington’s front door desperately needs. There are no viable alternatives that can bring this level of investment to the site.”

Cllr Antonia Cox, chair of the adults, health, and public protection committee, urged planning to delay a decision until “concerns of the hospital and the LAS have been fully addressed”.

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