The London borough of Westminster is not particularly known for its highrises so it comes as much surprise , partly because of height limits placed on potential developments in the early 2000s. In recent times , between the 24th November and 15th December 2015 there have been three towers over 20 floors submitted to City of Westminster council for planning. Here’s a brief overview of those towers.
The former low-rise council accommodation built by the former Greater London Council with terraced housing an a pub could make way for a mixed used development of 21 and 7 floors. This development aslo includes a replacement , 840 capacity secondary school for Marylebone Boys School and a enlarged replacement church. The Architect is Child Graddon Lewis and developed by City West Homes for City of Westminster (CoW) Council. Submitted to planning Tuesday 24 Nov 2015. Planning Application can be viewed here.
West End Green
This site sits on the Edgware Road and close to Church Street Market has been a brownfield site since the turn of millennium and was once used as a car wash. This is the second proposal for this site has a proposal for a tower of 38 floors and one midrise of 16 floors alongside 6 buildings of 10 floors and under. The scheme if approved the scheme will deliver around 691 units with associated retail and leisure uses. The Architect is Squire and Partners for Berkeley Homes. Scheme was received by CoW on Tuesday 15th December 2015 , planning application viewable here.
31 London Street
This scheme has been the been the London headlines frequently in the past few weeks leading up to the Christmas holidays , notably because of its reaction from conservation and heritage groups. The Scheme proposes the demolition the former Paddington Royal Mail Sorting office on London Street and Pread Street with an residental tower of 73 floors , standing at 253 meters. Within the scheme it includes 108,000sq ft of office space , an expansion of the bakerloo line ticket hall and a public viewing gallery at the top. This scheme is the second attempt of redevelopment of this site. Designed by the star architect Renzo Piano , Irvine Sellar is hoping to pull of the same regeneration that has been achieved at London Bridge Quarter. This scheme was received by CoW on the 2nd December 2015 , planning application can be viewed here.
Former hostel in Old Oak Common set for redevelopment.
An Scoping report has been submitted for series of buildings as part of a residential lead development , on the site of the former hostel Oaklands behind a forthcoming Crossrail depot has been submitted to the Old Oak Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC).
The Development known as Oaklands has been submitted on-behalf of Genesis Housing Association Ltd & QPR Holdings.This could provide around 600 residential units with varying heights from 6 to 25 storeys with around 33% of the housing deemed as affordable. Alongside 3,500sqm of commercial floorspace. The outline of the near to completed Crossrail depot can be seen as the rectangular outline to the south east.
The former Oaklands hotel is situated on a sliproad which is used frequently by construction vehicles used in order to facilitate the construction of one of the two depots required for the future Crossrail route which will call at Old Oak Common although not until around 2026 alongside the forthcoming HS2 rail line.
Albeit a temporary depot for that Old Oak Common is earmarked for regeneration which is expected to create 25,500 new homes and 65,000 new jobs by 2037 , to which the current Crossrail depot alongside many others including the former Eurostar depot will need to make way for the regeneration scheme.
Link to scoping report 15/0080/SCOOPDC