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KPF completes ‘shimmering’ Paddington Central office block

[FIRST LOOK] KPF has completed this £88 million office block next to Paddington Station in west London

The 22,000m2 Two Kingdom Street scheme – for Development Securities and building owners Aviva Investors and Quinlan Private – is part of the second phase of the large mixed-use Paddington Central development. According to the practice, the development moves away from the usual ‘glass-box form of office’.

A KPF spokesman said: ‘[The] cladding system incorporates external mullions so the building appears as a shimmering metal form when viewed obliquely.’

Nearly 2,000m² of studio and small business accommodation will be housed on the lower levels of the block with the main office accommodation is distributed over the upper floors of the building and is designed to house up to two individual tenancies per floor.

AstraZeneca, the global pharmaceutical company, has taken 5,000 m² office space with the fit out of the top two floors currently underway for occupation in August 2010.

KPF's Two Kingdom Street, Paddington Central - atrium with 'scenic' lifts

KPF’s Two Kingdom Street, Paddington Central - atrium with ‘scenic’ lifts


Building owners: Aviva Investors and Quinlan Private
Developer: Development Securities
Architect:  Kohn Pedersen Fox
Project Architect: Dominic Seah
Project Team: Jessica Broas, John Bushell, David Doody, Leet Karakunlun, Takamoto Kashiwabara, Shin Nishigaki Puneet Khanna, Laura King, David Leventhal, Dan Narita, Fred Pilbrow, Amy Schoellkopf, Nicolas Valdes
M&E Engineer: Roger Preston & Partners
Structural Engineer: Arup
Cost Consultant: Arcadis
Main contractor: Skanska Private
Façade consultant: ALT
Atrium Cladding: Waagner Biro
Curtain wall: Felix
Pre-cast cladding: Techcrete
Roofing: Praters
Lifts: Kone

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