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Plans approved for major Crossrail over-site development at Paddington’s Grand Union Canal

By Hamish McDougall

Plans approved for major Crossrail over-site development at Paddington’s Grand Union Canal

Crossrail’s plans for a major over-site development at Paddington station have moved ahead after Westminster City Council’s Planning Committee resolved to grant planning permission for the scheme last night.

The Committee resolved to grant planning permission for the 320,000 sq ft development located at the junction of Bishop’s Bridge Road and the Grand Union Canal, with the new London Underground Hammersmith & City line station to the south. The development will comprise 15 storeys of high-quality office space with the retail and office entrance at canal level.

Crossrail intends to appoint development partners at Paddington. The building has been carefully designed to incorporate access to Crossrail, National Rail and Hammersmith & City line services at Paddington. The plans also provide for considerable public realm improvements at the front of the new Tube station and along to London Street and St Mary’s Hospital, as well as providing a new public lift and staircase from the canal towpath up to Bishop’s Bridge Road.

Ian Lindsay, Crossrail Land and Property Director said: “Securing planning permission for this major new commercial development is an important step forwards in the continued transformation of Paddington. Crossrail is the first UK rail project to integrate new and improved rail infrastructure with high-quality over-site development and public realm improvements. This development will be a huge boost to regeneration in the area and a further phase in the renaissance of Paddington as a major commercial location.”

Kay Buxton, Chief Executive, Paddington Waterside Partnership, said: “Paddington is one of the fastest growing commercial and residential areas in the capital. Crossrail will deliver improved and direct transport connections with London’s other major employment centres, smashing journey times to the City to nine minutes and to Canary Wharf to just 16 minutes, reinforcing Paddington as a major national and international transport hub. This development not only enhances Paddington’s position as an important business location, it also delivers the desired integration with neighbouring development schemes at Paddington, including Merchant Square, North Wharf Road and Paddington Central. Improved pedestrian access to the Grand Union Canal and a spectacular waterside public realm treatment will see this high quality scheme complement the rich heritage of its setting.”

As part of the wider Crossrail works at Paddington, a new taxi rank has already opened linked to the mainline station by lifts and escalators. The new Hammersmith & City line station was completed ahead of schedule in December 2013, and improves pedestrian access from the canal towpath to both National Rail mainline and Hammersmith & City line services.

When Crossrail opens in 2018, up to 24 trains per hour will operate during peak between Paddington and Whitechapel. Crossrail will add 10% capacity to London’s rail network. It will serve 38 stations, connecting Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west with Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east via central London.

Crossrail has plans in place to develop over three million square feet (gross) of commercial, residential and retail space above its stations and construction sites. Over 1 million square feet of this now has planning permission including Bond Street West (Davies Street), 101 Moorgate, Fisher Street and a number of developments above Crossrail Tottenham Court Road station.

10,000 people are currently working on Crossrail, including over 280 apprentices, with the project at peak construction. It is estimated that Crossrail will generate at least 75,000 business opportunities and support the equivalent of 55,000 full time jobs around the UK. Three out of five businesses currently winning work on the project are based outside London and over half (58%) are small and medium sized enterprises.

GVA is advising Crossrail on its planning matters. The Paddington over-site development was designed by architects Grimshaw.

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Notes to editors

Crossrail has entered into a number of Collaboration Agreements with existing landowners to deliver the over-site developments:

  • Grosvenor Estates (Bond Street West - 65 Davies Street)
  • Great Portland Estates (Bond Street East – 18/19 Hanover Square)
  • Derwent London (Tottenham Ct Rd East – Astoria Site/Goslett Yard)
  • Cardinal Lysander Group (Farringdon West – Cardinal House)
  • Aviva Investors (Liverpool Street West – 101 Moorgate)
  • Berkeley Homes (Woolwich Station)

Crossrail intends to appoint development partners at Paddington and other sites where collaboration agreements are not yet in place including Tottenham Court Road (West), Lindsey Street in Farringdon (East), Fisher Street and Limmo.

About Crossrail:

Crossrail’s construction commenced on 15 May 2009 at Canary Wharf.

The total funding envelope available to deliver Crossrail is £14.8bn. The Crossrail route will pass through 38 stations and run over 100km from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km (13 miles) tunnels below central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.

When Crossrail opens it will increase London's rail-based transport network capacity by 10%, supporting regeneration and cutting journey times across the city. Crossrail services are due to commence in central London in 2018.

Crossrail is being delivered by Crossrail Limited (CRL). CRL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London. Crossrail is jointly sponsored by the Department for Transport and Transport for London.