The 9 projects set to change the face of Westminster over the next few years

Nine major developments are among those that will change the face of Westminster in the coming years.With so many cranes filling the capital’s skyline, you could be forgiven for assuming that more building work is going on than ever.But since 2016-17, economists have shown that the number of new, major planning applications being submitted to central London councils has in going down.

Uncertainty over Brexit has been blamed for a 40% fall in new regeneration schemes.Despite all this, it’s still hard to keep track of the various hotels, shopping centres and (you guessed it) luxury flats, that pass under the noses of local councils.

So here is a round-up of all the major developments coming to the borough of Westminster, encompassing the West End, and Zone-1 neighborhoods of Paddington, Pimlico, Queensway and Marylebone.

The ‘Paddington Cube’

The highly-controversial idea from the creator of the Shard won planning permission in 2016, with small amendments added in November last year.It will consist of 17 storeys of glass-walled office space for 400 workers, and cost developer and architect Renzo Piano a cool £825 million to build.

A new Bakerloo Line entrance will be included in the scheme, owing to its close proximity to Paddington station.First picture of Edgware Road stabbing victim as footage shows people fleeing scene.It drew objections from local residents groups, as well as NHS chiefs at St Mary’s Hospital, who said the plans would remove an ambulance bay. However a later amendment saw the bay restored.

Last month, more than 1,500 people signed a petition calling for the Black Lion pub outside Queensway station to be saved from demolition.In place of the centuries-old boozer, Fenton Whelan will soon build 55 luxury flats offering views over Kensington Gardens.

The so-called Park Modern development, will be worth £450 million, and include a restaurant, spa, gym and swimming pool underground.Planning permission was given in 2016, after objections from the Campaign for Real Ale, the Victorian Society, Historic England, and Kensington and Chelsea Council.

Plans by Grosvenor to redevelop an exclusive estate in Cundy Street, Belgravia, have been taking shape since 2012.The idea was to take four post war blocks of privately-owned flats and replace them with bigger, more modern builds.

However, last week saw a long-running battle between Grosvenor and 40 social-rent households in Walden House, managed by Westminster Council, come to an end.After fearing they would be made homeless by the redevelopment, these campaigning residents have now been promised the right to return once the project is finished. And Grosvenor, the real estate company owned by the billionaire Duke of Westmisnter, has promised to increase the amount of new social housing that will be built.

Ebury Bridge estate

Thirteen red-brick mansion blocks on Pimlico’s Ebury Bridge estate are awaiting the bulldozers.Westminster Council plans to replace the 1930s buildings with 750 new homes, including 343 to be let at “affordable” rents.The council has said that by autumn, it will announce a construction company to begin phase one of the estate’s regeneration.

It was reported in April that the council had begun advertising for a company to demolish phase one, which is reported to be all but empty.Last year, the council redrafted its plans to regenerate the Ebury after a backlash from residents, and its failure to find a development partner.

West London’s biggest skyscraper coming to Paddington

An artist’s impression of the planned 42-storey tower in Merchant Square, Paddington

The tallest skyscraper in West London is set to be built in Paddington’s Merchant Square estate, with a cylindrical shape not dissimilar to the Gherkin.European Land won planning permission in April for the 42-storey tower of 271 flats, despite councillors’ frustration about a lack of affordable housing.

A basement cinema and sky garden will also be included. And another 21-storey tower will be built next door, containing 155 flats.Blueprints show the 490 ft-tall tower will be covered in “dark blue glazed terracotta cladding”, with a crown of tusks on its roof.The Merchant Square estate also includes four more new-builds, including three that were recently completed.

Carnaby Street Shopping Centre

A new £32 million shopping, leisure and office complex will be built in the Carnaby Street district after developer Shaftesbury was given the green light in June.Completion is expected in 2021 and it will replace an ageing concrete power station.

Shaftesbury hopes it will breathe new life into Carnaby’s designer outlet-lined alleys that once lured mods, hippies and skiffle lovers.

Sketch View Of Oxford Street Rooftop garden

On August 8, Westminster Council rubber stamped BCP Capital’s plans to build an eight-storey office block at the east end of Oxford Street.The main attraction will be its rooftop garden and cafe, offering views over Soho Square, Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Street.

The developer also pledged that Soho residents would be given priority entry to the garden.Demolition of the existing buildings could begin in summer 2020, with completion by early 2023.

The Church Street Masterplan

The long-touted regeneration of Marylebone’s historic Church Street area took a step forward over the summer.Some 1,700 new homes are included in the blueprints, with half promised as “affordable” housing.

An “improved street market” with up to 220 stalls, 150 van-parking spaces and 3,600msq of storage facilities.A new “cultural quarter” centred around the antiques market and the Cockpit Theatre,A new centre for “affordable and flexible” workspace.

Planning permission was given in March to build 168 new homes in Luton Street, including 59 affordable homes. Construction work by Bouygues UK Ltd began on August 12

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