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"West London's tallest skyscraper will be at the heart of dramatic plans for a £1 billion transformation of Paddington by the property tycoon who built The Shard.
Images of a 65-storey 'skinny Shard' of apartments, offices, restaurants and a roof garden designed by Renzo Piano — the Italian 'starchitect' behind western Europe’s tallest building — were unveiled today ahead of a public exhibition.
Irvine Sellar, chairman of Shard developers Sellar Property Group, said although Paddington was one of London’s most important gateways it had been overlooked for decades. He said:
"At the moment you only go to Paddington for two reasons — to catch a train or to see someone in hospital. It is soulless and has no life and yet it is only five minutes from Hyde Park and seven or eight minutes from Marble Arch.
It is a fantastic location but it is stuck in a Fifties time-warp. We intend to create a place for people to go, where they will want to live, work, eat and shop."