Paddington Pole competition results

AR Urbanism / Greysmith Associates

More 1 (2) AR Urbanism 2 JTP 1 (3) JTP 2 (2) Architettori 2 (2) AR Urbanism 1 (2)

JTP / Civic Voice


The Innovation Award:

Awarded to HLM*Spark for many of the individual ideas within their plan and the inclusion of multiple community considerations, particularly the primary school and also urban farming elements. They very cleverly went beyond the brief.

Thank you for playing: More Design

On the 18th July we celebrated the winning and commended designs with a mini-exhibition and awards presented by Sir Simon Jenkins. A blog with photos can be found here, whilst full details of the awards, quotes from judges can be found here. JTP's page on the ceremony is here.


Paddington Pole Competition prize-winners: “An Embarrassment of Riches!”


In March, Create Streets launched a competition to find a new high-quality alternative scheme for Paddington. The competition came after the proposal by Great Western Developments Ltd for the ‘Paddington Pole’ was withdrawn. It has been judged by local residents and councillors.


Due to the very high quality set of entries, Create Streets have chosen to recognise four of the entries with two prizes and two commendations. Collectively these designs show that having a huge Paddington Pole-style Tower is not necessary for this site. The area around Paddington Station can have both high density and beauty. Looking at the site strategically, and masterplanning it to make it a popular and great place, is entirely feasible. Towers are not necessary to achieve great, popular, high-density places and streets.


The Streets Prize:

Given to the entries by JTP/Civic Voice and AR Urbanism / Greysmith Associates, for the high quality of their urban design. JTP / Civic Voice were also strongly commended for the attempts in a very short time frame at community engagement.

The Flourish Award:

 Awarded to Architettori for the striking nature of their architecture and the comprehensive realisation of the facades above all on Praed Street. Architettori were also commended for their thought on transport issues particularly pedestrian flows, the Bakerloo line ticket office and a Praed Street bus stop integrated canopy. 

HLM * Spark

Architettori 3 Roof top farming 1 Primary school 2

Although not formally awarded a prize, the judges would like to commend some of the urban form of More Design’s entry.

craig more praed street

Full applications and more photos from the winning entries are available here.

More Design

More information and quotes from the judges available here.


Winners were featured in The Evening Standard, Building Design and the local media (West End Extra).

“Thank you to all at Create Streets for the positive engagement with Paddington planning issues, which has resulted from this competition.” Local resident & judge, Sophia Massey Cook