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