Paddington Lawn is the first commission under the Network Rail retail architects framework.
Our vision creates a retail and catering destination that fully integrates with the magnificent volume of Brunel's famous station structure. The customer experience is improved to provide an elegant piece of placemaking with a tenant mix that caters for the 'grab and go' right through to quality dining and liquid refreshment in a unique and memorable setting.
The lighting design de-clutters the ceiling by removing the existing large pendants and replacing them with discreet downlights, also minimising the contrast between the daytime and night time experience. All the significant vertical surfaces have been washed with light to increase the overall sense of spatial brightness during the day and to enhance warm intimacy during the night. The timber feature wall has been highlighted with a warm radiance, increasing its visibility from the station concourse. The listed vierendeel structure has been given more prominence, along with the glass bridges, which once again glow with crisp white light.
enable Paddington Lawn to become a showcase for station retailing and dining
integrate the modern design with the original period station architecture
a retail and catering offer among the best provided in a station environment
bringing clarity to the space by removing visual clutter
improving sightlines to retail units to increase footfall while respecting listed elements of the original building