Paddington Basin

London, UK

Paddington Basin

The development of a public realm strategy for the wider regeneration of the Paddington Special Policy Area (SPA), an area involving over six separate keynote developments and over 7 million square feet of new development.

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Located alongside the Grand Union Canal, Paddington Basin is a new waterside quarter in west London.

The public realm strategy creates a new quarter with a distinct identity, assisted through the careful application of street materials: paving, roads, footpaths, cycleways, lighting, planting, street furniture and signage.

The strategy identified the key streets and spaces, links and nodes, and identified a common vocabulary, shared by the team to ensure consistency and homogeneity.

The subsequent implementation of the major spaces, quayside areas, streets and highways has provided the emerging quarter with a visually rich landscape of carefully selected high quality materials.

"Gillespies was able to deliver a quality design on programme and initiated cost engineering exercises to keep within the budget [for the Paddington Basin project]. Gillespies’ experience, commitment and deliverables will stand them in good stead and indeed the practice would be considered for other landscaping schemes by Mace and the clients, Chelsfield and Pearcroft."

Dick Woods, Mace

Awards

  • 2006 Street Design Award