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PADDINGTON SQUARE PRE-LETS ALL 350,000 SQ FT OF WORKSPACE, AS DEMAND FOR SUSTAINABLE, FUTURE FIT OFFICES INTENSIFIES POST PANDEMIC

In a major vote of confidence in the London office market, and an illustration of the demand for quality and innovative workspace, Capital Group, DS Smith Plc and Kingfisher Plc have today confirmed that they have agreed terms to occupy space within the total 350,000 sq. ft. of workspace at Paddington Square, London’s new quarter for work, retail, and dining at the heart of Paddington’s regeneration.

First occupiers will be moving their teams in later in 2022, following the main building’s practical completion in early Autumn.

Paddington Square comprises 14 levels of light-filled, modern workspaces with striking views across London, around 40 retail and dining brands, West London’s highest rooftop restaurant and terrace, and a new public piazza featuring the UK’s first permanent outdoor public art commissions from internationally acclaimed artists Ugo Rondinone, Pae White and Catherine Yass.

All occupiers and their guests will enjoy access to The Exchange on Level 2. Designed by Universal Design Studio, The Exchange reimagines the traditional Lobby as a series of different spaces promoting collaboration, social engagement, and personal wellbeing. Features include contactless entry, concierge, café and bar, touch-down workspaces, meeting and lounge areas, and an outdoor terrace overlooking the new 1.35-acre piazza.

Global investment manager Capital Group plans to double its office size, relocating from Victoria into over 220,000 sq. ft. across nine floors. London is Capital Group’s second-largest investment office globally. Its space will include the highest office floor in the building at level 16, which offers a wrap-around outdoor terrace with unique views across Hyde Park and the City.

Capital Group’s new office will have a state-of-the-art 150-seater auditorium, a multi-purpose event space and multi-media studio capabilities. The workspace will be flexible, dynamic and accommodate a planned increase in headcount over the next 10 years.

Paddington Square’s contemporary and sustainable design and high-specification workspace underlines the company’s conviction to choose a property equipped for the future.

FTSE 100 company DS Smith Plc, a leading provider of sustainable fibre-based packaging worldwide, which is supported by recycling and papermaking operations, will occupy level three.
International home improvement company Kingfisher Plc, which operates 1,490 stores in eight countries across Europe under retail banners including B&Q, Castorama and Screwfix, will relocate its UK headquarters to level seven of the Renzo Piano Building Workshop-designed workspace.

Being designed and built through the global pandemic provided significant challenges, and opportunities, most significantly, enabling the team to evolve the design in direct response to evolving demands on health and safety, personal wellbeing, and new ways of working.

Paddington Square is super-connected; occupiers and their guests will benefit from fast, convenient access via a new Bakerloo Line ticket hall located immediately beneath the offices, and much improved arrival experience to the adjoined Paddington Station. Both present direct access to tube and mainline services, Heathrow Express, and the new Elizabeth Line, reducing the need for secondary journeys. Alternative green travel routes, canals and parks surround Paddington Square, enhancing wellbeing for occupiers and encouraging active commuting, supported by the project’s 530 cycle spaces, washroom and locker facilities.

A significant attraction for the office occupiers is the quality of retail and restaurants opening at Paddington Square early next year. Around 40 incoming shops and restaurants will serve one of London’s fastest growing and most progress business and leisure districts. Paddington Square itself will host 3,500 office workers, adding to the area’s existing 55,000-strong international business community. The mix of shops and restaurants will also serve one of London’s most affluent residential catchments, as well as the 113.5 million people projected to use Paddington station every year following the opening of the Elizabeth Line this month.

James Sellar, CEO of Sellar, said: “To be able to announce that the entirety of Paddington Square’s 350,000 sq. ft. of office space has been let, ahead of practical completion later this year, is testament to the quality of the building and its ability to meet occupier demands for future-fit workspace, served by multiple transport options which include Paddington’s newly opened Elizabeth Line station.

Paddington Square has been designed as much for the public and the community as it has for its occupiers. Around 40 new shops and restaurants, a new tube station, major public space and a transformed entrance to one of London’s most important transport hubs, this is a game-changer for the Paddington area.

This announcement is a major milestone for the project, which was designed and built through the global pandemic. We look forward to welcoming our first office occupiers to the building later this year and announcing further details of our retail and leisure brands in due course.”

Hamish Forsyth, President for Europe and Asia, Capital Group, said: “In recent years, we have seen the way we work and collaborate evolve. Servicing our clients and supporting the needs and development of our associates is at the heart of our office design. We are thrilled to be expanding our London presence and moving into a sustainable building with a workspace which will encourage hybrid and creative work.”

Matthew Stone, Group Property Director at DS Smith, commented: “As part of our ongoing plans for future growth across DS Smith, we have been reviewing the way we use our spaces to ensure we have the right environments to meet the new challenges ahead; both for today and tomorrow. We are pleased to be moving to Paddington Square to support greater commercial and innovation opportunities for us as a business, while incorporating our sustainability and inclusivity needs”.

Paddington Square is a development by Sellar on behalf of Great Western Developments Ltd, a joint venture between Hotel Properties Limited and Anchorage View Pte. Ltd.
GWD was advised by JLL and Knight Frank. Edward Charles & Partners acted for Capital Group. Cushman & Wakefield acted for DS Smith Plc and Kingfisher Plc.

PADDINGTON SQUARE ANNOUNCES MAJOR PUBLIC ARTS PROGRAMME

First permanent public works in London from Ugo Rondinone, Pae White and Catherine Yass, alongside a rotating outdoor arts site for The Showroom, launching with Kathrin Böhm.

A site-specific 5-metre bronze sculpture by Ugo Rondinone will provide a bold new focal point for the millions of visitors travelling between Praed Street and Paddington station each year. Pae White will suspend a large and experiential installation that caps four levels of shops and restaurants both above and below ground, opening out onto a new public piazza and framing the entrance to the new landmark 14 storey workspace designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Catherine Yass will take over a 24-metre-long wall of the neighbouring St Mary’s Hospital to deliver a large-scale collaborative photographic installation featuring and celebrating NHS workers.

Partnering with The Showroom, a public contemporary art space based nearby Paddington Square, the programme will see the creation of a new series of collaborative murals at Tanner Lane, situated between Paddington Square and St Mary’s Hospital. The commissioned murals will each be in-situ for one year at a time, providing a rotational site for temporary public artworks, each responding to the overarching theme of ‘care’. Artist Kathrin Böhm will launch the series in 2022, followed by Rhea Dillon in 2023 and Long Distance Press (Adam Shield and Thomas Whittle) in 2024. Created through collaborative processes, the mural cycle creates a new context for The Showroom’s programme in Paddington, allowing a wide audience of visitors, workers and local residents to enjoy and engage with contemporary art practice.

Ugo Rondinone – Seven Magic Mountains, 2016 Photo: Gianfranco Gorgoni

The public art programme at Paddington Square has been led by developer Sellar and London-based curatorial agency Lacuna, with the aim of delivering a diverse and dynamic arts programme for the public and community to enjoy, engaging with the best local, UK and international talent. As a major public gateway to London, Paddington Square will provide locals and visitors with a unique cultural experience, bringing internationally-renowned and emerging UK-based artists, working across different disciplines, to the streets of the capital to be enjoyed as part of a daily commute or as a weekend visit.

A jury of leading experts were brought in to support the selection of the artists involved including Lucy Zacaria, Head of Arts at Imperial Charity Trust; Eleanor Pinfield, Head of Art on Underground; Shumi Bose, Curator at RIBA and Senior Lecturer in Architecture, Central Saint Martins; Andrea Schlieker, Head of Collections, Tate Britain; Edwin Heathcote, Architecture & Design Critic at the Financial Times; Elvira Dyangani Ose, Artistic Director of Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) and former Director of The Showroom; and Joost Moolhuijzen, Project Architect and Director, Renzo Piano Building Workshop.

Each of the artist commissions will be site-specific to Paddington Square, and sit at four locations on and around the Renzo Piano-designed building, directly adjacent to Paddington Station. The pieces will enliven the building itself, nearby spaces and a new large-scale public square, providing focal points both for those who work at Paddington Square and the many millions of visitors who will pass through annually.

Pae White – 2017 National Gallery of Victoria Triennial – Photo © Sean Fennessy

The Paddington Square art programme will also mark the inauguration of an open-air Paddington Art Walk, which will incorporate other public artworks in the neighbourhood. Additional major new works planned for Paddington include Spencer Finch’s A Cloud Index, housed within the 120-metre long roof canopy of the new Crossrail entrance to Paddington Station, due to open in the first half of 2022.

James Sellar, CEO of Sellar, said “Art and design has the capacity to elevate conversations, to inspire us and create moments of joy, offering points for interaction and reflection. In this spirit we are delighted to be presenting a world-class public art programme, to be enjoyed by the millions who will work in Paddington Square, visit its shops and restaurants, or pass through its public square. Working with a highly talented and experienced curatorial team and jury, we have selected artists that represent a series of firsts for Paddington, for London and for the UK. It is a very exciting time for the area, with Paddington Square opening next year, and we’re looking forward to the public being able to visit and enjoy the works.”

Stella Ioannou (Director) & Jade Niklai (Associate Curator), Lacuna, said: ““The Paddington Square public art programme acts as a conversation starter: to demonstrate and inspire the power, beauty, potential and responsibility of curating art in the public realm. Our curatorial approach takes its cues from the vision of Sellar, together with Renzo Piano Building Workshop’s architectural ambition to bring one of London’s biggest transport gateways to life through public spaces and contemporary art. Lacuna conducted extensive research into the neighbourhood, working with local communities and engaging with a diverse set of stakeholders, greatly enriching our curatorial approach and the development of these landmark commissions with leading international artists. While lockdown presented us with new challenges, it also allowed us to develop novel methods for critical engagement with the evolving cultural conversation, which visitors will see borne out in the final works as they are unveiled in 2022.”

Paddington Square is a development by Sellar on behalf of Great Western Developments Ltd, a joint venture between Hotel Properties Limited and Anchorage View Pte. Ltd.

PADDINGTON SQUARE REACHES HIGHEST CONSTRUCTION POINT

Main construction partner Mace, together with key project partners Renzo Piano Building Workshop, William Hare, Morrisroe, WSP, Erith and Adamsons, are delivering Paddington Square for Sellar on behalf of Great Wester Developments. The project will create 14 floors of bright, flexible commercial workspace including ‘The Exchange’, a 15,000 sq ft occupier club and terrace, plus four floors of retail, and West London’s highest rooftop restaurant.

The development sits between major local landmarks Paddington Station and St Mary’s Hospital, at the intersection of many natural spaces and green travel routes.

5,500 tonnes of steel are being used to create Paddington Square’s design, with most of the steel beams and columns remaining exposed, including a 5m-wide area around the building’s perimeter, where low-iron glass windows add to the ultra-transparent design intention for the scheme. Steel was chosen as the best framing solution to achieve the required column-free areas within the 14 floors of workspace and especially The Exchange, which benefits from high ceilings and an abundance of natural light.

James Sellar, CEO of Sellar, said: “We are pleased to have reached this major milestone at Paddington Square. It is testament to the hard work, expertise and dedication of the project team that we have been able to meet the challenges of the last 18 months head-on and continue to deliver one of London’s most innovative and complex development projects. Paddington Square will mark a step-change for the area, offering contemporary office and retail space as well as becoming a vital new part of the area’s public infrastructure. We look forward to welcoming the first occupiers and visitors when it completes in Summer 2022.”

Gareth Lewis, CEO for Construction at Mace, added: “It is fantastic to work together with Sellar on Paddington Square, continuing the relationship we established delivering The Shard. Paddington Square is without a doubt a transformational development for London, and we’re proud to create a lasting legacy for the local area. Sellar’s vision for a sustainable workplace of the future, together with their commitment to make a positive difference for local people, has guided Mace’s team in achieving this major milestone. We look forward to seeing this landmark new building being completed.”

Paddington Square is a development by Sellar on behalf of Great Western Developments Ltd, a joint venture between Hotel Properties Limited and Anchorage View Pte. Ltd.

PADDINGTON SQUARE REINVENTS THE OFFICE WITH CLUB SPACE DEDICATED TO PRODUCTIVITY

The Exchange addresses how the culture of work has radically changed, conceived as a space that offers a curated blend of productive office environment and work-from-home comfort and convenience. Following a time where social interaction and collaboration have been largely denied, the expansive space responds by creating overlaps of uses that promote opportunities for connection as well as self-improvement, learning and growth, set within the acknowledgement of different working styles and individual personality types.

The current pandemic has highlighted just how much can be missed without chance encounters and the possibility to meet and exchange in person. This creative urge to bring people together and provide them with choice has underpinned the concept approach for The Exchange.

Set within the entrance to the 18-storey, light-filled building designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop that forms the heart of the new Paddington Square development, The Exchange will provide occupiers with a dedicated concierge, all-day and evening bar, event spaces, a yoga suite, meeting rooms, multimedia suites and an outdoor terrace which overlooks the new 1.35-acre public square and specially commissioned artworks. Through carefully planned zoning and the placement of design elements that are suggestive but never didactic, open working areas and breakaway spaces are integrated throughout with quiet corners for reflection.

The concept behind The Exchange reflects its name; inverting the traditional use of the lobby or foyer, and its denotation as a transient thoroughfare, to instead become a highly social and inclusive communal space for the exchange of ideas and sparking of collaboration. The space will be a pioneering example of what the office can be – not just a place to meet deadlines and attend meetings, but somewhere to inspire ideas, new connections and boost physical and mental wellbeing.

Occupiers will have access to an app that will serve as a digital concierge for the building, enabling the booking of shared amenities, meeting rooms, services and events within the space. A curated programme of group and individual classes, workshops and events will be rolled out for occupiers to enjoy as part of their work life that facilitates knowledge sharing, personal development and networking opportunities between fellow occupiers of the building.

The building app will also act as a security key for frictionless entry and exit to the building and provide occupiers with a curated stream of news, hyperlocal travel updates and stories from the community.

Working to Sellar’s vision for the space and taking cues from the world of hospitality, Universal Design Studio’s interior design strategy marries functionality with craft and warm materiality, whilst prioritising the wellbeing of occupiers. Bright, light-filled spaces are to be set with beautifully crafted furniture and natural materials like timber and terrazzo selected in contrast to softer materials in the seating areas. The collaboration with Renzo Piano Building Workshop on the building’s architecture carried through to a number of the interior design choices, including the incorporation of planting as biophilic ‘material’ to enhance both mental wellbeing and air quality.

The Exchange has been envisioned as the social and central hub of the building and is designed to ensure the space remains active at all times of the day. A series of meeting rooms, working and flexible spaces adapt to event and entertainment spaces in the evening, alongside an all-day bar and terrace adding theatre and encouraging the transition throughout the day from working to socialising.

James Sellar, CEO of Sellar, commented: “With the Exchange, we had an opportunity to throw out the rule book and design a space that truly reflects what people want from an office today. In a post-pandemic world where people can choose to work from home permanently, our intention is to harmoniously bridge traditional office requirements with home working benefits that improves lifestyle and supports wellbeing. Our partnership with Universal Design Studio and Renzo Piano Building Workshop has allowed us to create a space that focuses on productivity, wellness and much needed in-person collaboration and networking. The Exchange will be a pioneering example of a new, dynamic environment that has everything the modern worker needs.”

Paul Gulati, Director, Universal Design Studio, added: “The architecture of the Exchange is a significant volume and unique in that it is raised above Paddington, benefitting from natural light from all sides. Our approach, in collaboration with Sellar and Renzo Piano Building Workshop, was to integrate spaces that offer choice and encourage longer dwell time with a strong focus on collaboration and the ability to transition from day to night. Materiality and furniture choices have tactility in mind with the aim of creating areas where people will want to work or socialise when the day is over. We sought to bring intimacy and warmth into the space by breaking down the volume of the interior and creating smaller pockets of activity where a mix of experiences can be dialled up or down depending on the user’s needs and the time of day.”

Paddington Square is the centrepiece development to Paddington’s regeneration, due to complete in summer 2022. Featuring a crystalline building designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Paddington Square will present 14 floors of bright, beautifully designed and flexible workspace, four floors of shopping, bars, and cafes, a new Bakerloo line station entrance, west London’s highest rooftop dining experience and a 1.35-acre public piazza.

 

The development sits between major local landmarks Paddington Station and St Mary’s Hospital, and importantly at the intersection of abundant natural spaces and green travel routes. Occupiers will benefit from national and international travel links, reduced commuting time and new travel links with the Elizabeth line and Crossrail.

Workers and guests will also benefit from access to a wealth of bars, restaurants, and shopping on their doorstep in the wider Paddington Square development.

LACUNA PROJECTS APPOINTED TO CURATE MAJOR PUBLIC ART PROGRAMME AT PADDINGTON SQUARE

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).

Lacuna Projects has been appointed 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 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 Ioannou and Jade Niklai, Lacuna Projects

“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 that mirrored our own ambition to create inspirational cultural moments for our communities, the Paddington area, and for London. We very much looking forward to unveiling our plans, and the commissions themselves, as Paddington Square moves towards its public opening in 2022” – James Sellar, CEO of Sellar

CONSTRUCTION ON TRACK TO COMPLETE SUMMER 2022

Construction continues as Paddington Square starts to take shape, with activity on site moving along on-time in accordance with government guidelines.

Timelapse footage from site.

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.

THE FEMALE LEADERSHIP IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY

Kay began working in Paddington in 1998, after a tenure at Westminster City Council and various planning and community planning roles in London. With a background of 20+ years in urban policy and stakeholder engagement, Kay was involved in the setting up one of the first Business Improvement District’s (BID) in London, Paddington Now, as well as London’s 50th BID, Marble Arch London.