Background

The demolition of existing college and construction of new 251,122 ft² Paddington Green Campus.

The City of Westminster College entered a new and exciting phase in its 100-plus year history in January 2011, with the opening of the new Paddington Green Campus.

Our Role

Stace provided Quantity Surveying and Employer’s Agent services.

Our Impact

The £102 million Campus, largely grant funded by the Learning and Skills Council, was designed to be in tune with the historic nature of the local area and take advantage of its superb site overlooking Paddington Green and St Mary’s Gardens. The project encompassed sustainability requirements, including green roofs and combined heat and power plant, and incorporates extensive outdoor spaces into its innovative stepped design, maximising light and space, whilst respecting local surroundings.

The refurbishment was achieved in a challenging 4 month programme through the use of a JCT Design and Build contract, which allowed the team to liaise with the contractor and the designers on an almost hand-to-mouth basis as the challenges of the existing building unfolded.

During the demolition and construction phase Paddington Green students were relocated to a well-equipped temporary home on the other side of the Westway at Paddington Basin, moving back to Paddington Green Campus in time for the start of the new term in 2011.

The Stace team met the challenges of the programme and together with the contractor, Vector Build Ltd, received a warm acknowledgement from the Project Manager:

“It is a great achievement to have completed the refurbishment of the site and construction of the two new blocks in such a short period. It’s testament to everyone’s hard work that the college has opened for business.”

The project received a RIBA Regional Award in 2011.