JTP has teamed up with Civic Voice, the national charity for the civic movement, to hold a Community Planning Weekend (CPW) for the site known formerly as the ‘Paddington Pole’. Over the course of the weekend, local people and others with an interest in the future of Paddington are invited to participate in planning ideas for the future of this important site.
John Walker (Civic Voice), Griff Rhys Jones (Civic Voice) and Charles Campion (JTP) launch the 'Paddington Pole' CPW
It is time to change the way things are done and to bring communities genuinely to the heart of planning and place-making. An event like this is an inspirational and energising activity where the results of collaboration are seen immediately, with the knowledge that an individual’s input actually matters.
Griff Rhys Jones, president of Civic Voice
In January a proposal for a 72-storey skyscraper, nicknamed the ‘Paddington Pole’, was withdrawn. Create Streets, an independent research institute focusing on towns and cities, has launched a public design competition to suggest high-quality alternative schemes for Paddington.
Architects JTP and Civic Voice have teamed up to invite the local community and others with an interest in the future of Paddington to participate in planning ideas for the future of this important site and its relationship with the wider area.
The culmination of the weekend’s activities including walkabouts, workshops and hands-on planning groups will allow JTP to develop an alternative high quality scheme for ‘Paddington Place’. This will be submitted as an entry to the Create Streets competition.
There has never been a better time for the community to get involved and put forward their ideas for planning a real development site in the heart of London. This is genuine ‘collaborative planning’, a campaign we launched in conjunction with JTP in 2015.
Ian Harvey, Executive Director of Civic Voice
You don’t have to be a planning expert or architect to get involved, just join us on Friday 29th April (2.00pm-5.00pm) and Saturday 30th April 2016 (11.00am-3.30pm) at St John’s Church, Hyde Park Crescent, London, W2 2QD to contribute to planning the new vision for the site. Members of the community are encouraged to drop in for a short time, a few hours or stay for the whole event if you can.
Following the public workshops, JTP’s team will summarise and analyse the outcomes and draw up a Vision for the site. This will be presented to the local community at 7.00pm, Tuesday 3 May 2016 and then developed into the final community competition entry.
Download the event flyer here.
We hope as many people as possible will join us during the Community Planning Weekend for this important site. Our collaborative planning approach puts people at the heart of the creative process, to share local knowledge and build the Vision together. Everyone is welcome!
Charles Campion, JTP
JTP's Marcus Adams and Emmet O'Sullivan on site preparing for the 'Paddington Place' Community Planning Weekend