Press Release: A new Vision for Paddington Place unveiled

A consensus Vision for a new “Covent Garden style” urban neighbourhood developed over a Community Planning Weekend

Local residents, architects and Civic Voice have joined forces to develop a new Vision for Paddington Place, around 2 hectares of prime London real estate next to Paddington station. The proposals include:

  • The sensitive integration of the historic character of the area - in particular retaining the Sorting Office façade - to provide the “front door” for a cultural, retail and leisure destination as a new vibrant heart for Paddington;
  • The creation of a new gateway ‘piazza’ to Paddington station, incorporating the existing ramp and new seating steps, and other high quality places and spaces within the development connected by a network of pedestrian routes;
  • The provision of a range of housing, including key worker and affordable homes for local people, workspace and new accommodation for St Mary’s hospital;
  • The continued participation of the local residential and business communities in drawing up the proposals for Paddington Place.

In January, a proposal for a 72-storey skyscraper on the site, nicknamed the ‘Paddington Pole’, was withdrawn. Create Streets, an independent research institute focusing on towns and cities, has launched a public competition to suggest high-quality alternative schemes for Paddington Place. Architects JTP and Civic Voice, the national charity for the civic movement, teamed up to organise the Community Planning Weekend for the site as part of the competition. Over the course of the Weekend, local people and others with an interest in the future of Paddington were invited to participate over two days in workshops and walkabouts to plan ideas and create a new Vision for this important site and its relationship with the surrounding area.

The culmination of the weekend’s activities, including walkabouts, workshops and hands-on planning groups, was developed into the illustrated Vision for Paddington Place by the JTP team and this was presented back to the local community on Tuesday 3 May 2016 at St John’s Hyde Park. The new Vision will now be submitted as an entry to the Create Streets design competition by the 9 May deadline. More information and visuals here.

Sue Nichols, from the South East Bayswater Residents Association said, “It’s a really refreshing change to have the people who know the area really well - how it works, how it could work so much better - being able to share their knowledge and passion with the placemaking professionals who can bring it all together in a far more friendly and practical scheme where people will not only want to be, but will also want come to. It’s great how much of what we said has been captured in the Vision.”

John Walker, Deputy Chair of Civic Voice said: It was a fantastic and energising experience participating in the Community Planning Weekend and wonderful to see how the breadth of ideas from the community have been turned into an ambitious Vision for the site. This weekend demonstrates that when local communities are given the information and an opportunity to participate, they will engage with the process and embrace the challenge of shaping the places where they live. Civic Voice was proud to be a partner with JTP in this weekend and we hope other communities will be inspired by the Paddington community and now go forward with collaborative planning.”

Charles Campion, Partner at JTP, said: “It was a pleasure to work with the local community to develop this new Vision for Paddington Place. Our collaborative planning approach puts people at the centre of the creative process, to share local knowledge and build the Vision together. Community Planning Weekend participants were supportive of mixed-use redevelopment to create a vibrant, new heart to Paddington. But they want to see it done in a sensitive manner, at an appropriate scale to serves the needs of the local community, St Mary’s Hospital staff and patients and all who use the area.”

Notes for Editors:
1. Civic Voice is the national charity for the civic movement in England. Our mission is to develop a society where everyone can say “I care about where I live”. We promote civic pride through our network of over 75,000 individual members.
2. JTP is an international placemaking practice of architects and masterplanners with extensive experience of delivering successful projects for both public and private sectors throughout the UK and internationally. We use participatory techniques pioneered and honed over two decades to build collaborative visions for our projects with the very people who will go on to use them.
From our studios in London, Edinburgh and Hangzhou we undertake placemaking projects at every scale, from cities and towns, to neighbourhoods, streets, and the design of individual buildings.

3. More information on the Create Streets competition is available at:

Civic Voice
Sarah James, Senior Policy Officer
T: 0151 707 4319
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Charles Campion, Partner
T: (+44) 020 7017 1780
M: (+44) 07515 199646
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