Paddington Pole Competition

Create Streets are running a competition to find a new high-quality alternative scheme for Paddington. The competition comes after the proposal by Great Western Developments Ltd for the ‘Paddington Pole’ was withdrawn. This was a plan for a 72-storey skyscraper designed by Renzo Piano next door to Paddington rail station on 0.76 hectares of land on and around the old Royal Mail site.  Westminster Council have said they will be working on the new scheme in the coming months.


The majority of the judges are local residents and councillors. We are very grateful to them for finding the time and enthusiasm to do this.


Create Streets are running this competition in a positive spirit of assistance. We think that this site is worth thinking about strategically. It is a crucial area of London next to one of the city’s most important train stations. It is in close proximity to housing, conservation areas, historic buildings and Royal Parks.


What will the judges be looking for?

In short - something that will be popular with residents whilst providing new homes. Judges will be basing their decision on the following criteria:

  • We’re looking for a street-based design that fits in with (though does not need slavishly to follow) the surrounding streets.

  • It’s got to be viable and it’s got to be able to support improvements to the tube station. We’re therefore looking for a minimum density of 177 homes / hectare which would deliver the same number of homes as the ‘Pole’ however we’d encourage you to provide more.

  • In addition the total capacity for hospital use on the site should be retained (we’ve estimated this at about 15,600m2). We’d also encourage maintenance of existing commercial or hotel use.

  • We'd encourage you to read the Westminster Tall Building Strategy (p. 508) and their policy for the Paddington Area (pp.34-6)

  • Any evidence that the scheme is popular with residents, has been worked up with residents, or is likely to be popular with residents, will be well received.

  • The proposal does not have to remove all buildings – in fact we encourage proposals that reuse or add to existing buildings wherever humanly possible.

  • We’ll be looking for core numbers showing how much development there is (so called Gross Internal Area or GIA).

  • We’re also keen to see proposed facades. What might it look like and feel like at human level?


Who can enter?


Anyone. Professionals are welcome. But we’d also actively welcome residents, neighbours, local schools, people who work in the area. Perhaps best of all would be mixed groups of residents or locals with a few professionals to help with the difficult bits. That’s how we’ll be running the judging panel and it’s how Create Streets likes to work.


You can see the full details here. You can download a set of plans of the site as it is now here.


Please contact us with questions or submissions at


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Our Padington Pole competition has been featured in The Evening Standard, Building Design, Architects' Journal and in Get West London.



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