Billionaire brothers present 140m tower to rival the Gherkin at Merchant Square
Sunday Times Rich Listers Simon and David Reuben have submitted plans for a 41 storey residential tower at their prosperous Paddington Basin site in London's West End. The 140m skyscraper will also incorporate a 90 room boutique hotel and a public sky bar with panoramic views across the capital's increasingly busy skyline.
Should planning be approved, the affectionately dubbed 'Cucumber' building will snatch the title of 17th tallest tower in London, only 131ft shorter than the Gherkin. Plans currently offer 222 flats, bringing the total of apartments in the Merchant Square development to 542.
The Reuben brothers' company European Land and Property altered an earlier planning submission to incorporate the glazed tower. The Merchant Square masterplans for the Paddington Basin site combine elements of residential, office and retail accommodation on the edge of the Thames, within walking distance on the famed cultural hotspots of the capital's West End.
Already stationed at the Paddington Basin development are the headquarters of Marks & Spencer and Vodaphone, with further development projects planned by Development Securities and Derwent London. It is hoped that the 'Cucumber' tower will be completed by 2016 should planning permission be granted.