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Paddington British Rail Maintenance Depot, West Block

A Grade II* Listed Building in City of Westminster, Westminster

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Latitude: 51.5201 / 51°31'12"N

Longitude: -0.1817 / 0°10'54"W

OS Eastings: 526250

OS Northings: 181703

OS Grid: TQ262817

Mapcode National: GBR 39.D7

Mapcode Global: VHGQY.S1SZ

Plus Code: 9C3XGRC9+38

Entry Name: Paddington British Rail Maintenance Depot, West Block

Listing Date: 14 April 1994

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1263004

English Heritage Legacy ID: 433539

Location: Westbourne, Westminster, London, W2

County: Westminster

Electoral Ward/Division: Westbourne

Built-Up Area: City of Westminster

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: St James Paddington

Church of England Diocese: London

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1900-/40/10036 No.179 - Paddington British Rail
Maintenance Depot, West Block


Workshops, offices and boiler house of the maintenance depot
for road vehicles built for British Rail's Paddington Goods
Yard in 1966-8 by Paul Hamilton of Bicknell and Hamilton.
Designed in 1964. Reinforced concrete frame clad on the upper
floors with glazed ceramic mosaic. Flat roof. Irregular,
expressionist triangular plan on four main storeys on land
scooped out for the making of the elevated Harrow Road and M40
Westway. Ground-floor boiler house under projecting first
floor workshops, with funnel-like chimneys. Workshops and
offices above, rest rooms in tall staircase and lift block
rising from broader entrance or 'stern' end. The building can
be entered from the first floor roadway or exposed
semi-basement. Bands of continuous metal mullion-light glazing
on first and upper floors.

The interior is little altered, and has been praised for its
well-detailed finishes. The main floors are open plan. Of
special interest is its staircase, with continuous and sinuous
ceramic-clad balustrade.

The Paddington Maintenance Depot marks the culmination of
British Railways' post-war building programme, which can be
appreciated as a continuous development from lightweight
prefabrication to the heavy, romantic and sculptural forms
seen here.

Architectural Review, January 1965, p.90
Architects' Journal, 18/25 December 1968, pp.1465-75
Official Architecture and Planning, February 1969, p.151-7
Concrete, June 1974, p.35

Listing NGR: TQ2625081703

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