Located in the key Westminster economic development area around Paddington Station, the site has immediate connections to the Heathrow Express, London Crossrail and London Underground. Highly visible from the elevated motorway used by some four million vehicles a year, it adds to our recent work in Paddington that includes the whole of the south side of Eastbourne Terrace. The design contributes significant areas of public open space to the Grand Union Canal's Paddington Basin to create an uninterrupted canal-side walk from Paddington Station to Bishop's Bridge Road, with the potential to reach Little Venice.
Developing the site as two separate buildings creates a direct route to the waterside from North Wharf Road. A lattice exostructure to the office pays homage to Brunel and his contemporaries, who developed the engineering infrastructure of the adjacent canals and railways. It has the recognisable form requested by the client, Derwent London, who were actively involved in the design development of the project. The office building enjoys a column-free interior, a rooftop garden with stunning views and a sunny waterfront setting at street level.