Salad days ahead for construction as Cucumber joins the Gherkin

PLANS for the tallest tower in Westminster have been submitted by a consortium led by two reclusive billionaire brothers.

The Reuben Brothers, David and Simon, who have an estimated fortune of £5 billion, are behind the plans, which is part of the Paddington Basin scheme, where the headquarters of major firms like Marks & Spencer and Orange are based. The building is officially known as 1 Merchant Square and will include 222 flats, a 90-room boutique hotel and a public roof bar.

The 460ft high tower is the vision of British businessmen David and Simon Reubens, who are working alongside the Jarvis Family. The tower will be situated in the Paddington Basin (what is this – three or four word description?), and has already been nicknamed the Cucumber because of its unusual design and the similarities with the vegetable.

Paddington Basin is currently undergoing a series of regeneration project and is currently the home of firms like Marks & Spencer and Orange.

The “Cucumber” tower will be 460ft high and consist of 542 new apartments, 20,000 sq m of office space and a new hotel. The work is expected to be completed by 2015 and would create new construction jobs in the area.

Charles Stuart Smith told Train4TradeSkills on behalf of European Land and stated that the tower will be an “iconic building” that would be a “gateway into London from the west”, as it would be Westminster’s tallest tower and will be a noticeable monument when you enter the west side of the city.

The tower at 1 Merchant Square has been nicknamed the “Cucumber” by the press says Kay Buxton, chief executive of Paddington Waterside Partnership, who are in charge of regenerating the Paddington Basin area. Kay says the nickname is “certainly memorable” and “gets the name of the building out there”, but admits the tower was not intended to look like a cucumber and this is purely coincidental.

The Cucumber will join the Gherkin as an odd looking tower in London. The Gherkin building, which is also known as 30 St Mary Axe, is a skyscraper in the city’s financial district and was built in 2003.


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