Waterside

The design for Paddington Waterside forms part of an overall masterplan for ten acres of largely vacant and underused land to the north of Paddington Basin, which terminates the Grand Union Canal. Strategically the site is at the heart of the largest designated regeneration area in Central London, within walking distance of excellent public transport connections. The site was previously occupied by various industrial buildings, including a brick works. In more recent times the site has been cleared and used as a parking compound. Paddington Basin itself has been classified by British Waterways as an ‘event space’ and as such offers the opportunity for a vibrant public space with close proximity to the activities of the waterway.

The client and landlord for the site, Chelsfield Plc and Paddington Basin Development Limited respectively, commissioned RRP to develop a proposal for a substantial mixed-use development with a significant proportion of commercial accommodation to cater for up to 20 tenants. However the entire building was pre-let to a single tenant, Marks & Spencer, during construction phase.

Project data
   
Location London, England
Type Office
Dates 1999 - 2004
   
Area
   
Gross Internal Area 34,000m²
   
Number of Floors 14
   
Costs
   
Construction Cost £56,000,000
   
Client PDCL (Paddington Development
  Corporation Ltd) / Chelsfield plc
   
The Architect Richard Rogers Partnership
   
Team  
Maurice Brennan, Maxine Campbell, Stephen Light, David Merllie, Andrew Morris, Richard Rogers, Marita Schnepper, Patricia Sendin, Graham Stirk, Daniel Wright, Andy Young
   
Acoustic Consultant Bickerdike Allen Partners
   
Civil Engineer Halcrow Fox
   
Cladding Consultant Bickerdike Allen Partners
   
Landscape Architect Gillespies
   
Lift Consultant Ove Arup & Partners
   
Lighting Consultant Ove Arup & Partners
   
Main Contractor Carillion plc
   
Planning Consultant Montagu Evans
   
Project Manager Mace
   
Quantity Surveyor Gardiner & Theobold
   
Services Engineer Ove Arup & Partners
   
Structural Engineer Ove Arup & Partners