Why not have a competition to produce a better design for the site of the now withdrawn Paddington Pole? The respected thinktank Create Streets has launched just that. Civic Voice, the charity representing amenity societies, and architects JTP teamed up to devise an entry using a “Community Planning Weekend.” They organised a site walkabout and a workshop at St John’s Church to get views from local residents. Next step is to come up with a plan. While it is an ambitious project, including the Mercure Hotel site and part of the hospital sit, neither of whose owners have any obligation to get involved, I think it will promote thought about just how much better a place Paddington could be.
Paddington Place community planning weekend
2nd May 2016