Child Graddon Lewis and the City of Westminster celebrate the start of construction at Dudley House

London

12.04.2017

With planning permission successfully achieved in 2016, the City of Westminster’s Dudley House scheme in Paddington Basin, designed by architectural and design practice, Child Graddon Lewis, is now officially under construction. To mark this important milestone, project partners including Westminster City Council and developer Willmott Dixon recently visited the site to find out how work is progressing.

The scheme includes the redevelopment of former GLC housing, a place of worship, retail and commercial uses with a complex of new buildings that will further contribute to the on-going success of the Paddington Basin.

The redevelopment also aims to provide a brand new secondary school for 840 pupils, 197 residential apartments, a replacement place of worship and a prominent new retail opportunity.

The new residential element occupies the northern end of the site overlooking the Westway. It will be 100% affordable in the form of intermediate rented flats. The mix and tenure of the new homes will make a significant contribution towards an identified need across the Borough. The homes are scheduled for completion in Spring 2019.

Cllr Nickie Aiken, Leader of Westminster City Council, said: “Affordable housing is one of our top priorities, and I’m delighted to see work progressing on this key site as part of the council’s commitment to creating great places where people are proud to live and work. The new homes will help address the demand for much-needed affordable homes for working people and their families, and build a thriving, successful community in the heart of Westminster.”

Occupying the southern end of the site, the school buildings will become the new permanent home in Westminster for the Marylebone Boys’ School, a recently created free school. The new school is spread out over seven storeys with classrooms arranged around a central atria and a netted play area at roof level.

The new development is comprised of a range of facing materials including terracotta cladding, metal panels and glazing. Landscaped terraces and below ground parking will offer additional amenity benefits to the residents.

A centralised CHP boiler installation will be used to generate both thermal and electrical energy for use within the complex which, along with photovoltaics at roof level, will be built to BREEAM “very good” standard and contribute significantly towards the anticipated 35% improvement upon maximum carbon dioxide emission rates.

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