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Paddington Recreaction Ground

Location: Maida Vale, Westminster
Client: Westminster City Council
Capital Cost: £150k

Paddington Recreation Ground is Westminster’s largest open space, occupying a 27 acre site in Maida Vale. We developed proposals alongside extensive public consultation for a new environmental area that opened up a previously closed part of the park.

The new environmental area addresses an identified deficiency in access to wildlife in the local area through the creation of woodland, woodland edge, meadow and wetland habitats.  Winding paths lead through the woodland and meadow passing a stag beetle loggery, dead wood piles, bird boxes and informal classroom space.  The paths lead to the new wetland with a timber boardwalk and dipping platform sourced from sustainably managed UK woodlands.  The wetland consists of a series of ponds and a beach area.  It is supplied with water captured from the roof of an adjacent maintenance building, which is cleaned as it passes through  reedbeds and the series of ponds.  An outdoor classroom area with green roof, raised water bed and picnic tables provides a valuable community resource.

"Westminster is one of the most densely populated places in the UK and our parks and open spaces are enormously valued by residents, as well as those who work and live in the city. Living in the capital it's easy to forget about the natural world that surrounds us and this new wildlife area will provide an exciting opportunity to get back to nature as well as a valuable and unique educational opportunity for our school children."

Cllr Lee Rowley, Westminster's cabinet member for customer services and communities