Crossrail has secured approval from Westminster City Council in the UK, to construct a 15-storey office building at Paddington rail station.
The 320,000ft² development will be located at the junction of Bishop’s Bridge Road and the Grand Union Canal, with the new London Underground Hammersmith & City line station to the south.
Architectural firm Grimshaw will design the building, which will feature retail and office entrances at canal level.
The new building will have access to Crossrail, National Rail and Hammersmith & City line services at Paddington via a public lift and staircase from the canal towpath up to Bishop’s Bridge Road.
Plans also include public realm improvements at the front of the new underground station and along to London Street and St Mary’s Hospital.
Crossrail land and property director Ian Lindsay said securing approval for the new commercial development is an important step forwards in the continued transformation of Paddington.
"Crossrail is the first UK rail project to integrate new and improved rail infrastructure with high-quality over-site development and public realm improvements," Lindsay said.
"This development will be a huge boost to regeneration in the area and a further phase in the renaissance of Paddington as a major commercial location."
Crossrail, which intends to appoint development partners at Paddington, is planning develop more than three million ft² of commercial, residential and retail space above its stations and construction sites.
Over one million ft² of the plans has planning permission, including Bond Street West (Davies Street), 101 Moorgate, Fisher Street and several developments above Crossrail Tottenham Court Road station.
GVA is advising Crossrail on its planning matters and the entire project is due to open in 2018.
Image: The 15-storey office building at Paddington station will feature retail and office entrances at canal level. Photo: courtesy of Crossrail Ltd.