British Land acquired Paddington Central in July 2013. Since our initial acquisition we have continued to invest in the campus, creating new green spaces and community facilities. The 11 acre campus is a thriving development that currently provides a mix of homes, offices, leisure and retail next to Paddington Station. Current tenants of Paddington Central include Microsoft, Visa, Accor, Kingfisher and Statoil.
The area is well served by Paddington Station, a major London rail and tube interchange with excellent connections and will further benefit from the opening of the new Crossrail connection. Paddington will be one of only three Crossrail stations in the West End, which will improve connections from the West End to the City and Canary Wharf.
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British Land is bringing forward proposals for the final plot of the Paddington Central development in Westminster, known as Five Kingdom Street.
The final piece of the masterplan
Paddington Central has become a successful and active destination, used by local residents, workers and visitors to the area. The plot at Five Kingdom Street is currently occupied by a short-term operator as a meanwhile use (Pergola); however, it has always been the intention to bring forward a development on this plot.
The proposals for Five Kingdom Street will provide a new office building along with an extensive new community, leisure and cultural offer for Westminster, delivering entertainment and leisure space as well as new restaurants, cafés and public spaces.
The proposed building will complete the wider Paddington Central development and masterplan and provide an excellent opportunity to link the Paddington area to Royal Oak and Maida Vale to the north by introducing a new and improved pedestrian route and making the campus more accessible to the wider area.
The consented scheme
The site has a previous consent for a 13-storey commercial building, which was granted in 2009, however we now have the opportunity to bring forward plans for a new high-quality building which connects Paddington to the surrounding area.
Once Crossrail opens, a large volume of the space previously reserved for the construction of the railway will become available, this is known as the Box. The Box is a key element to the new proposals as it ensures that the development can contribute something extraordinary for the local community. The available space is larger than the pitch at Wembley Stadium and could accommodate a wide range of functions requiring large volumes such as events, sports and leisure facilities, low-cost workspace, market halls and market space.
The type and mix of uses in the Box will be explored as part of the consultation process with local communities around the site, offering the local people the chance to tell us what they would like to see provided as part of the development.
In 2018 Basis, a leading market research company, undertook a comprehensive consultation exercise with local residents in the immediate area around Paddington Central. Over the course of the consultation 515 residents in the area immediately surrounding the site participated in a survey telling us what uses they would like to see in the Box.
We subsequently held four focus groups with local residents to confirm the responses given in the survey. Survey respondents identified a range of potential uses that they would like to see in the Box, including a theatre, concert venue, food market, and events space.