Paddington Waterside

Paddington Waterside, Westminster

A 21st-century mixed-use development situated in the vicinity of Paddington station and the Paddington branch of the Grand Union Canal

Hidden London: Paddington Waterside

Rivalling the recent trans­for­ma­tion of King’s Cross in scale, if not in cohe­sive imag­i­na­tion, this is one of the largest schemes – a so-called Oppor­tu­ni­ty Area – that the cap­i­tal has seen since the regen­er­a­tion of Dock­lands.

Most of the new build­ing has tak­en place north of the sta­tion but the 80-acre Padding­ton Water­side ‘foot­print’ takes in the sta­tion itself, new and old parts of St Mary’s Hos­pi­tal and exist­ing build­ings stretch­ing from East­bourne Ter­race to the Hilton Metro­pole hotel on Edg­ware Road.

Out­line plan­ning per­mis­sion for the trans­for­ma­tion of the for­mer Padding­ton goods yard was grant­ed in 1992 but its imple­men­ta­tion was delayed by the down­turn in the Lon­don prop­er­ty mar­ket and con­struc­tion did not begin until 2000. The first phase of the Shel­don Square office com­plex at Padding­ton Cen­tral opened in 2002. Marks and Spencer moved its head­quar­ters from Bak­er Street to Water­side House in 2004.

The final canal­side project is the Brunel Build­ing, which is due for com­ple­tion in 2019 and is locat­ed on the cor­ner of North Wharf Road and Bishop’s Bridge Road.

Hav­ing filled the water’s edge, devel­op­ers have now moved ‘inland’, with projects such as Padding­ton Exchange, a col­lec­tion of 123 apart­ments, and Padding­ton Gar­dens, a 3.8 acre devel­op­ment with four res­i­den­tial build­ings, a Mar­riott hotel and a pri­ma­ry school.

Algernon Newton’s 1925 painting Paddington Basin, now in the art gallery at Brighton Pavilion, earned him the nickname ‘the Regent’s Canaletto’.

Postal district: W2