Paddington station is undergoing the most significant transformation since the completion of the original building in 1853. A busy terminus for local, regional and international passengers, the new station will increase capacity at this major interchange.
Built to the south of Brunel’s iconic 19th Century station, directly below Eastbourne Terrace and Departures Road, the new station spans three levels with two entrances into the station via a new pedestrianised public realm.
A 90 metre clear opening - a unique feature for urban underground station design – will be covered by a dramatic steel and glass canopy eight metres above the ground that will let natural light flood down to the station platform. The open void will allow for natural air to circulate through the station.
Printed onto the 120 metre long canopy will be a bespoke work of art by American artist Spencer Finch. The ‘Cloud Index’ will create a picture of the sky which will appear to change according to the light, the direction of the sun and the time of day in the tradition of artists such as Constable and Turner.
At street level, a stone-paved street with informal benches will be lined with shops and cafes on the station side creating a destination in itself. From there passengers can walk into the Main Line station or descend the escalators to the Elizabeth line.
At platform level a series of eight flared elliptical columns, clad in bronze to head height at their base, carry the weight of the structure and dark, anodised ‘Lily pad’ light fittings are embedded into concrete ceiling coffers.
The construction of the new station has been made possible by the earlier “Paddington Integrated Project” which opened up the north side of the station with a spacious new concourse next to the canal basin at Paddington Waterside. The project, which was completed in 2012, included a new Hammersmith & City line station and new taxi facility.
In addition to the station improvements, Crossrail worked with Westminster Council on proposals for improvements to the area around the station.
ELIZABETH LINE SERVICES FROM PADDINGTON
When the full route opens, passengers will be able to catch Elizabeth line services from Paddington to Heathrow and Reading in the west and Abbey Wood and Shenfield in the east.