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Westminster City Council give North Wharf Gardens the ‘green light’


Westminster’s planning committee resolved to grant planning consent for Site 1 of Assael Architecture’s masterplan for North Wharf Gardens in Paddington.

The mixed-use scheme for Amwaj Property Limited, with a construction value of £70 million, will deliver 150 new residential apartments, including affordable housing as well as retail, business, social and community space and improved public realm.

This application is the first part of a wider masterplan for the former North Westminster Community School site covering 1.48 hectares in Paddington, Westminster. Site 1 will start on site later this year, with completion due in 2015.

The first phase includes the development of a single building ranging from 9-15 storeys in height and comprising residential accommodation, 1,250 sq m (13,455 sq ft) of community space, 560 sq m (6,027 sq ft) of retail space and a gym. Public realm and open space is integrated into the design and comprises soft green spaces broken up by hard landscaping, play areas, seating areas and open grassland. Private amenity space for residents will include balconies and roof terraces.

The committee requested an entrance for affordable housing residents to be located on Hermitage Street, and gave officers delegated authority to approve. The street will also be widened to allow for two-way traffic and an improved public realm.

The residential units have been designed to meet Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 and commercial uses will be rated BREEAM excellent.

The theme of connectivity runs throughout the scheme’s design to create a vibrant development that responds to and ties in with its area.

Assael are continuing to develop proposals for Site 2 of its masterplan. This will include housing, retail, affordable business space, social and community uses as well as a 4* hotel and serviced apartments.