The Paddington Quarter regeneration project has moved closer to becoming a reality.
The proposals has been recommended for planning approval by Westminster City Council officers.
The £775 million project could see a new 14-storey building nicknamed The Cube and a massive revamp of Paddington station .
It is due to go before the council’s planning committee on Tuesday (December 6).
Kay Buxton, chief executive of the Paddington Now Business Improvement District (BID), welcomed the recommendation.
She said: “This proposal will transform Paddington – providing hundreds of millions of pounds of investment that Paddington’s front door desperately needs.
“It will provide a huge boost to existing businesses, bring thousands of new jobs to the area and give millions of people a better journey to and from Paddington.
"There are no viable alternatives that can bring this level of investment to the site.
“We are pleased to see the recommendation of Westminster’s officers and look forward to Councillors making the final decision on the scheme in a week’s time.”
The scheme also has the backing of Network Rail, TfL, London Underground, Hyde Park Estate Residents Association, Paddington BID and Paddington Neighbourhood Forum.
However, not everyone is happy.
At least 96 letters of objection have been received by Westminster, and the Victorian Society is opposed to the Paddington Cube building .
The Paddington Quarter plans will also include enhanced access to the Paddington Basin and St Mary’s Hospital and a range of new shops, restaurants, cafes and bars.
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