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
Gross Internal Area 34,000m²
Number of Floors 14
Construction Cost £56,000,000
Client PDCL (Paddington Development
  Corporation Ltd) / Chelsfield plc
The Architect Richard Rogers Partnership
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