Paddington Central Amphitheatre

London, UK

The Reimagined Paddington Central Amphitheatre

In the vibrant heart of Paddington, a new social space has re-emerged. Paddington Central Amphitheatre is a dynamic and vibrant social haven. With its undulating seating, adorned with verdant foliage, and generous performance space, the Amphitheatre reshapes the very essence of connectivity within the city.

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At the heart of Paddington Central, an 11-acre mixed-use campus in Paddington by British Land, stands a new focal point — the Paddington Central Amphitheatre.

Formerly known as Sheldon Square, the revitalised Amphitheatre, envisioned by Gillespies, pays homage to Sidell Gibson's original 00s design. While honouring its architectural roots, the Amphitheatre introduces a modern design language, fostering inclusivity, and celebrating the symbiotic relationship between people and plants.

The classic curved Amphitheatre has been replaced with undulating concrete seating reminiscent of gentle waves. This redesign markedly increases seating capacity and creates more room for performances and events. The enhancements include wider terraces, new slopes to the performance area, a captivating cascading water feature, a 50-m-long permanent art installation by Adam Nathaniel Furman, enhanced shop fronts, new lighting and a diverse array of over 40 perennial plant species. Together, these elements enhance accessibility and elevate the once-grey urban space into a sensory-rich, playful, immersive environment.

Preserving the existing 12 lime trees above the Amphitheatre and introducing 8 new trees along with 160 sqm of biodiverse flora marks a substantial stride towards forging a greener and more sustainable future for Paddington. Beyond supporting pollinators, curbing pollution, and enhancing air quality, this initiative significantly boosts biodiversity and fortifies resilience against climate change.

The specification of eco-friendly concrete has contributed to an impressive 79% reduction in embodied carbon.

The Amphitheatre is a world-class al fresco destination where people can gather, relax and enjoy culture, music, and entertainment events.