CONSTRUCTION ON TRACK TO COMPLETE SPRING 2022
Construction continues as Paddington Square starts to take shape, with activity on site moving along on-time in accordance with government guidelines.
With basement and ground-works finished in October 2020, the most prominent activity currently underway is the installation of the building’s steelwork, which visibly rises over eight stories above ground level, and fans out from the building’s core. The public will start to see glass being added to this over the coming months, to give Paddington Square a crystalline appearance, according to the design of Renzo Piano Building Workshop.
Locals and regular commuters will notice that the old ramp down to Paddington Station now forms part of the site’s colourful hoarding line – a peek behind would reveal a new public piazza being created, a large-scale new civic space that will act as a canvas for Paddington Square’s major public art programme.
The concrete core itself was completed in September 2020, which now shows the full height Paddington Square will reach when completed. A new road has been protected and adopted in the form of Tanner Lane, superseding the former London Road in August 2020.
Works with Network Rail and London Underground have continued, with coming months seeing work intensify on a new ticket hall for the Bakerloo line, and tunnels connecting the site to existing London Underground infrastructure.
Paddington Square has now been registered as an Ultrasite, and in December 2020 achieved a certificate of excellence. The project continues and is on programme to complete in spring 2022.
LACUNA TO CURATE MAJOR PUBLIC ART PROGRAMME AT PADDINGTON SQUARE
Developer Sellar, in partnership with Hotel Properties Limited (HPL), is pleased to announce the appointment of London-based curatorial agency Lacuna for the realisation of a major public art programme at Paddington Square, the new workspace, shopping and dining quarter transforming London’s Paddington.
With a brief to programme both permanent and temporary artist interventions, the project team will work to enliven multiple sites at Paddington Square, including the large public square being created immediately adjacent to Paddington Station, a new landscaped restaurant street opposite the new Bakerloo Line entrance and the main 18-storey building itself designed by international architecture practice Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW)
“we are delighted to develop a public realm art programme that embodies Paddington Square’s unique urban vision and reflects the evolving discourses of life and culture today. Our curatorial approach sheds light on the best of contemporary public art and thrives on the valuable contributions of the local community and the creative potential of Paddington Square.” -Stella Loannou (Director) & Jade Niklai (Associate Curator), Lacuna Projects
Lacuna Projects has been appointed the following an invited competition. The brief will activate the site as a civic space and urban destination, connecting to and working with the local community and attracting diverse audiences with a dynamic artistic vision, presenting different types of artworks from both international and UK artists. The public art programme will celebrate this new London quarter and offer opportunities for contemporary art encounters and civic conversations, for both those who work at Paddington Square and the many millions of visitors who will pass by and through annually. The Paddington Square art programme is scheduled to be unveiled in Spring 2022.
“We are passionate about art and design, and are delighted to have appointed Stella and the Lacuna team, who will play a crucial role in shaping and implementing a high-profile series of commissions at Paddington Square. Their track record in delivering impactful public art projects was matched by a forward-looking curatorial approach the mirrored our own ambition to create inspirations cultural moments for our communities, the Paddington area, and for London. We are very much looking forward to unveiling our plans, and the commissions themselves, as Paddington Square moves towards its opening in 2022” – James Sellar, CEO of Sellar
NURTURE NATUREBY KELLY ANNA
Created by London-based artist and illustrator Kelly Anna, Nurture Nature colourfully relays a spirit of optimism and togetherness inspired by Paddington’s transformation.
Adopting powerful stances and looking to the future, silhouetted figures move between portals, exploring uncharted places and bring fruits from around the world, reflecting Paddington’s position as a super-connected international gateway to London.
This bespoke artwork has been commissioned by design and architecture magazine Dezeen and Sellar on behalf of GWD to celebrate Paddington Square, the progressive new workspace, shopping and dining quarter set to become the beating heart of the neighbourhood.
As a new place for experiences and ideas to converge, Kelly Anna has woven in local references depicting the harmonious intersection between modern architecture and the areas abundance of natural green spaces and waterways.
The artwork surrounds the future, public piazza, representing the areas’s spirit, ambition and positivity, as this exciting new chapter comes into focus.
“I hope that passers-by feel energized and uplifted, whether seeing this. artwork daily or on arrival to London for the very first time. Through an array of colours and a sense of life that reflects the culture of Paddington, I wanted to build anticipation for this area that will become a catalyst for connection and inspiration.” – Kelly Anna
The artwork ‘Nurture Nature’ has been commissioned by Sellar on behalf of Great Western Developments Ltd (GWD), for Paddington Square. GWD is a JV between Hotel Properties Limited and Anchorage View Pte Ltd.