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Thursday31 July 2014

Royal Mail redevelopment by Fletcher Priest Architects

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Architect to revamp existing building in Paddington and add new structure

Fletcher Priest Architects has been granted planning permission for the mixed-use redevelopment of an existing Royal Mail site next to Paddington Station in London.

The scheme integrates an early 20th-century building with a new structure that will include 129 apartments, and restaurants and shops at street level. The design also allows for the future expansion of the Bakerloo Underground line beneath the retained building, as well as the landscaping of the surrounding streets.

The site is bounded by Praed Street to the south, London Street to the west and Winsland Street to the north, and is bisected by Winsland Mews.

The latticed design took inspiration from the vast network of railway tunnels beneath it, while also responding to the proportions of the existing structure’s red brick.

Royal Mail redevelopment, Paddington

The existing building, with Fletcher Priest’s new, latticed design behind it.

Offices and apartments are arranged in three buildings. Two of these overlook a central courtyard, with the third in the redeveloped building, with roof terraces and balconies, on nearby Praed Street. The penthouse apartments rise up above the retained building to create a striking profile to the new orange addition.

Fletcher Priest, whose recent projects include the masterplan of Stratford City in east London and an urban centre in Latvia, also proposes a strong sustainability strategy, including an integrated local energy network based on combined cooling, heating and power.

Partner at the practice Keith Priest said: “London Street Paddington is a vibrant architectural context with a rich language. Our work for the Royal Mail Group aims to build upon this, and respond with lively public and private realm.”

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  • Munter Roe

    Picking up the baton from Royal Mail building, tomb street, belfast.

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  • Talk about beauty and the beast, and yes there is a reason why the network of tunnels is out of sight. Conceptually weak and crass.

    This red thing is bloated, over-scaled, hideous.

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