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Standing as a lone sentinel and not part of a cluster of tall buildings, 1 Merchant Square marks the entry to central London from the west
A garden square defined by 4 new buildings, each with their own characters that combining to create an elegant new public space.
A new canal side destination in Paddington centred around a garden square, amphitheatre, fountains and animated public realm.
A new garden square in the heart of the development with undulating lawn and places to sit as it opens to the canal side in the south.
Responding to the human scale, the garden square provides places to sit, lawns and the rustling of leaves from a beech tree canopy.
The lower two levels of the buildings are maximised for occupation by retail, cafes and restaurants surrounding the garden.
Public realm and buildings are designed holistically; the humble bollard is seen as an important design opportunity.
The brasserie at the base of the tower extend out into the informal garden square to the south, leading to the canal beyond.
Ground floors are animated with extensive retail whilst servicing is handled in the site wide basement.
The new garden square creates a focus for 2, 3 and 6 Merchant Square which in turn provide the setting for the tower.
Merchant Square is the centre piece to the redevelopment of the Paddington Basin.
A setting for a tall building addressing the Harrow Road to the north and the new garden square to the south.
The massing of buildings define the elegant form of the new garden square, linking the tall building to the canal side.
To the north the buildings have a strong presence on the Harrow Road, to the south the buildings respond to the canal side and views over London .
“Merchant Square lies at the heart of a dynamic and vibrant community on a 1.6 hectare site bounded by the Westway to the North and Paddington Basin to the South”
The four new buildings by RPP share a common basement and a new landscaped public Garden Square. The buildings are: 1 Merchant Square, a graceful 42 storey mixed use tower comprising 90 key boutique hotel, 222 residential apartments and a skybar. 2 Merchant Square, a spectacular 16 storey office building with panoramic views addressing the garden square and the A40, an important arterial route into London. 3 Merchant Square, a 21 story mixed tenure residential building providing 201 apartments with retail. Due to be completed summer 2014 6 Merchant Square, a 16 story mixed tenure residential building providing 119 apartments and retail. Merchant Square lies at the heart of a vibrant community, with amenity spaces for residents, workers and visitors alike, a place where cafes, restaurants and bars encourage you to linger.
Status Under Construction
Area 116,100 m² (1,250,000 ft²)
Project Team AHS, Arup, Davis Langdon LLP, DP9, EB7 Ltd, EC Harris LLP, Fairquest Hotels, Gingko, Hoare LEA, Kandor, King Sturge LLP, Mace, Miller Hare Ltd, Peter Stewart, Reef Associates, RWDI Anemos, Townshend Landscape Architects, URS Corporation