There’s no denying that Paddington is regenerating at some pace, with a number of new office complexes, property developments and transport links helping redefine the area for the better. While the skyline in W2 is peppered with towering cranes, there’s work of a greener nature happening at ground level.
Westminster planners have recently given the green light to London’s first floating ‘pocket park’ – a 45 metre-long oasis created in Paddington Basin just off the Grand Union Canal.
A serious of interlocking floating pontoons will be in place in time for spring 2017, planted with lawns, trees, flowering shrubs and bulbs. Visitors will even be allowed to sit on the edge and dangle their feet into the water below, and there’s free wifi access covering the pontoons and a mooring for boat-based traders selling coffee and food.
“Paddington is full of hidden gems,” comments Marlon Lloyd Malcolm, Head of Sales at boutique estate agency Lurot Brand. “This new floating park joins other surprising treasures in Paddington, such as the heritage mews houses, the Public Art Trail and the Sir Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum. It’s wonderful for residents to have a first-of-a-kind public realm which to enjoy – a new feature that enhances Paddington’s credentials as a fantastic place to live and work.”
Westminster council’s deputy leader Robert Davis said: “The council welcomes this ingenious reinvention of the waterway, which gives this part of the Grand Union a new purpose.”