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26/07/00
London Moves On Up
- 538ft high Skyscaper planned for Paddington

LONDON could end up with a skyline to rival Manhattan if the latest sky scraping plans get the go-ahead. Sir Norman Foster's huge 'gherkin' tower in The City has already been given the thumbs up and now plans for a 43-storey 538ft skyscraper have been unveiled for Paddington.

The structure, known as the Paddington Eye, would be as tall as the Millennium Wheel and offer equally stunning views. Designed by architect Richard Rogers, it is at the heart of a UKP500 million 80-acre Paddington Basin development near the Westway.

Described as a "vertical city quarter" by architects, the complex will consist of shops offices, flats and a whole host of leisure facilities including a dance studio, theatre as well as bars and restaurants.

Nigel Hugill, managing director of developers Chelsfield, who are behind the project, said: "The building will be of the highest quality contemporary design, with an emphasis on environmental innovation. It will define Paddington in the 21st century, giving west London a landmark development with major new public facilities."

If the site is given planning permission, the tower will be only 60 feet lower than Tower 42, formerly the NatWest Tower.




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