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'Paddington Pole' Is Now The 'Paddington Cube' After Developer Lops 58 Stories Off Proposed Tower

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A 72-floor skyscraper project in London known as the “Paddington Pole” is now a 14-floor cube after local groups protested the original plans, according to the Financial Times.

Architect Renzo Piano and property developer Irvine Seller, the team behind The Shard, planned an elegant residential tower next to Paddington Station. But outcry from groups that want to slow the construction of high-rises across London caused the developer to withdraw its plans.  

Seller then submitted a revised plan for a giant cube one-fifth of the height of the previous proposal. The new plans for the £775M redevelopment of the former Royal Mail sorting office call for a 360k SF cube that will stand on pillars over an acre of public space. The new proposals will be exhibited in September to allow for public comments.