• Mon - Sat 8:00 - 6:30, Sunday - CLOSED

Morris+Company to add ‘hanging garden’ balconies to Paddington office building

Morris+Company to add ‘hanging garden’ balconies to Paddington office building

The scheme, approved by Westminster Council last month, involves attaching a set of lightweight steel balconies to the existing Sidell Gibson-designed office block on Sheldon Square in Paddington Central.

Advertisement

The red-coloured balcony structure, which will be fabricated off-site, will provide 542m2 of external terrace space and 76m2 of planting over nine levels. It will hang on large cantilever beams projecting from the existing roof structure.

The retrofit scheme for developer British Land aims to connect the 11-storey building to a new amphitheatre space below, provide outside space for office workers and give a new look to the ‘dated’ 2002 building.

Advertisement

According to documents sent to Westminster council, the existing building is ‘overglazed’, meaning occupiers rely heavily on window blinds to block out the sun.

Morris+Company to add ‘hanging garden’ balconies to Paddington office building

The hanging balconies have been designed to provide shading and improve operational energy performance as well as providing ‘biophilia’ –a connection with nature – for the building’s occupiers.

Morris+Company will work with landscape architect Gillespies on the planting, planned as ‘a balance of herbaceous species and low growing, mound-forming shrubs in naturalistic groupings’.

Morris+Company founding director Joe Morris said: ‘Through the climate crisis, the global pandemic, changing patterns of work and increased awareness of the mental strain workplaces have on our lives, the era of airless offices with the focus on efficiencies over user experience has been replaced by one in which the desire for a connection to nature now prevails.

‘Three Sheldon Square represents a typology-breaking approach, in which the value of the existing building is understood, but enhanced to be more passive in energy use, lower in operational carbon and abundant in amenity.‘

Advertisement

British Land head of development Nigel Webb said: ‘With Morris+Company’s design, 3 Sheldon Square offers an ideal workspace, providing external amenity spaces at each level and a connection to nature by incorporating hanging gardens.

‘It will also become an exemplar project in line with our 2030 sustainability strategy.’

The project is set to start on site autumn 2022 and complete in late 2023.

Morris+Company's designs for hanging gardens in Paddington Central Credit: Secchi Smith