Universal Design Studio and Sellar unveil new 15,000 sq ft occupier space – The Exchange – at Paddington Square.

LONDON, 21 July – Universal Design Studio and Sellar have today unveiled designs for a unique 15,000 sq ft concept space, The Exchange, at Paddington Square, the Renzo Piano Building Workshop-designed workspace, shopping and dining quarter at the heart of Paddington’s regeneration.

The concept behind The Exchange reflects its name; inverting the traditional use of the lobby or foyer, and its denotation as a reception and thoroughfare, to instead become a meeting place for the exchange of ideas and the sparking of collaboration; somewhere to dwell and to add experience to the day-to-day office environment, while supporting the evolving needs and ways of occupiers.

Amenities will include a landscaped sculpture garden, multi-use spaces, all-day cafe and evening bar, and an outdoor terrace. In response to the requirements of occupiers and office workers returning after the pandemic, The Exchange will feature the latest touchless technology for frictionless entry and exit.

Working to Sellar’s vision for the space, Universal Design Studio’s designs marry functionality to aesthetic, prioritising the wellbeing of occupiers. Bright, light-filled spaces are to be set with beautifully crafted furniture and natural materials like timber and terrazzo in contrast to softer materials in the seating areas. Planting will be incorporated as biophilic ‘material’ to enhance both mental wellbeing and air quality.

Underpinning the concept approach for The Exchange is the need to bring people together in a safe and secure way, offering them choice in how to use and interact with the different zones. Taking references from hospitality environments, large communal co-working tables face out onto Paddington Square providing a more informal setting for meetings and working.

This level 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. The west of the space will house a series of flexible spaces, designed to adapt in the evening to host events. A bar located at the end of the lobby will add theatricality to the space and encourages a slow transition throughout the day from working to socialising.

James Sellar, CEO of Sellar, commented: “With The Exchange, Sellar had an opportunity to throw out the rule book and create something very new, both in reaction to the trends we’ve been seeing in the market, and to the concerns we feel are will be front of mind as workers start to return to the office. Our partnership with Universal Design Studio has allowed us to respond to these needs, creating a variety of social spaces for working and collaboration that will boost wellbeing and offer real flexibility, while providing a safe and dynamic environment for the whole community at Paddington Square.”

Paddington Square is the centrepiece development to Paddington’s regeneration. From the team behind The Shard, and featuring a crystalline workspace 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, restaurants 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, benefitting from national and international travel links as well as the new Elizabeth line.

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