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Paddington Green Campus (City of Westminster College)
Grand Junction at St Mary Magdalene
Westbourne Park Baptist Church
Hallfield Primary School
Itinerary created by Open House Volunteer, Rick Smith
Paddington Green Campus (City of Westminster College), 25 Paddington Green, London W2 1NB
Design: Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, completed 2010. A flagship campus building with 24,000m2 floorspace in a 7-storey stepped design, with a full-height atrium, which on some floors extends all the way to the façade and offers light-filled, open and inclusive spaces intended to encourage interaction between students. To facilitate community engagement most public functions – including an exhibition area, theatre and café – are located by the main entrance before the security turnstiles. The simple and restrained palette of materials/finishes - exposed concrete and pale timber - underlines its Scandinavian design heritage. Sustainable features include solar shading, energy reclaim, rainwater harvesting, ETFE and green roofs.
From standing facing the main entrance on Paddington Green, turn left and continue into Church Yard Walk, so that the church is between you and the Westway. Carry on into St Mary’s Square – when the road bends to the right go left along the path and then turn right (Harrow Road). When you reach a subway under the main road take that – when you emerge take the bridge over the canal into the Paddington Central development.
Walking time 7 minutes
Paddington Central, Sheldon Square, London W2 6PY
Owned by British Land, Paddington Central is an 11acre, mixed-use neighbourhood on the Grand Union Canal next to Paddington Station. Its office buildings are set amongst two landscaped squares and the area is home to a variety of interesting businesses, including global companies such as Microsoft, Kingfisher, Finastra, Vodafone and Mars. Other activities in the area include gyms, cafés, restaurants and bars amongst which is Pergola, West London’s largest al fresco drinking and dining destination, and exploiting the waterside location, floating eateries along the canal.
Return to the canal and turn left, following the towpath past Little Venice. Just before the next footbridge over the canal, leave the towpath (Delamere Terrace) – your next destination is ahead of you, beside the canal but not directly accessible from it.
Walking time 12 minutes
Grand Junction at St Mary Magdalene, Rowington Close, London W2 5TF
Grade I Victorian Gothic church by G E Street, architect of the Royal Courts of Justice. The recent conservation project reveals the majestic colours of Daniel Bell's painted ceiling, plus Dow Jones Architects' contemporary heritage wing.
Walk away from the canal down Rowington Close to reach Senior Street. Turn right then immediately left down a footpath by a playground, carrying on until you reach Bourne Terrace. Cross the road using the zebra crossing, ahead of you just to the left is a path across Westbourne Green. Take this until you reach Harrow Road, go under the flyovers and across the railway on Porchester Road (past Royal Oak station). Your destination is on the corner at the far side of the bridge.
Walking time 7 minutes
Westbourne Park Baptist Church, Porchester Road, London W2 5DX
Westbourne Park Baptist Church was first opened in 1877 having moved from Praed Street Paddington. It was the centre for the Ministry of Rev Dr John Clifford, a significant non-conformist in Victorian London. On February 19th 1944 fire bombs burned the first building down. This was replaced in 1962 with a modern building.
Carry on down Porchester Road, which becomes Inverness Terrace after crossing Bishops Bridge Road. Your next destination is on the left.
Walking time 6 minutes
Hallfield Primary School, Hallfield Estate, London W2 6HF
1950s masterpiece by Sir Denys Lasdun. The scale relates to a child's world with curved corridors, dappled by light and surrounded by beautiful trees. Two new buildings were added by Caruso St John in 2005. RIBA Award Winner 2006.