Select Committee on Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Memoranda

Memorandum by Paddington Regeneration Partnership (GRI 34)


  Paddington Regeneration Partnership (PRP) was officially launched in Oct 1988 and the Partnership consists of major private sector investors, landowners and transport operators who make up the key stakeholders of the Paddington Special Policy Area (PSPA). The site covers 80 acres around the station and canal basin providing 8 million sq ft of mixed use developments, creating a waterside regeneration programme. The partnership is made up of the following partners:

    —  BAA/Heathrow Express

    —  British Waterways

    —  Development Securities

    —  Hilton London Metropole/Hilton London Paddington

    —  Land Securities Plc

    —  Network Housing Association

    —  Paddington Basin Developments Ltd

    —  Paddington Health Campus

    —  Peabody Trust

    —  Railtrack

    —  St. George

    —  West End Quay Ltd

  Paddington Waterside is one of London's major regeneration opportunities, with its proximity to the West End and City, and its excellent transport links, which includes the Heathrow Express. It is estimated that the development will generate 30,000 jobs within a variety of sectors and occupational areas.

  The partnership works alongside Westminster City Council demonstrating an integrated approach to both major regeneration and the long term management and sustainability of Paddington Waterside and the surrounding area.

  PRP is a unique partnership which is Private Sector led, bringing together the three key areas of regeneration—Physical, Economic and Social to work in synergy and complement the governments agenda on regeneration.

  The aim of the partnership is to demonstrate that Paddington will become an important commercial, employment, residential, retail and leisure area within Central London.

  PRP's Mission Statement:

  To establish Paddington as a premier business and residential district of the City of Westminster and to facilitate sustainable economic vitality for the area and ensure the products of regeneration benefit the surrounding communities.

  (ensuring a sustainable environmental improvement and to co-ordinate employment and other social benefits).

  Since its inception the Partnership has evolved both in terms of its size and scope of activity. The partnership is now reviewing its successes to date, identifying future needs for the area and working with the new corporate tenants moving to Paddington Waterside developing a sustainable forward strategy.


  The developments now well underway in Paddington will create a new quarter for London, building economic prosperity and reversing social and economic decline for the resident communities of North Paddington.

  PRP have developed a cohesive strategy which complements and knits together the three key strands, very much at the top of the Governments agenda, led and delivered by the private sector. A partnership which is uncomparable to the many existing regeneration partnerships around the country.

  In response to delivering a holistic and all embracing strategy to regeneration, that meets the broader regeneration agenda, three key objectives can be demonstrated by the partnership;

  Partnership—The regeneration programme is linked to a strong partnership framework to develop sustainable regeneration for the Waterside development and surrounding areas. Key themes around economic development, community empowerment, community safety and sector specific employment opportunities within health and construction have been developed by the partnership. PRP are the leading managing agent, piloting a Business Improvement District for the area as part of the Circle Programme.

  Integrated—bringing together all the key stakeholders within the regeneration field in Westminster, delivering a co-ordinated regeneration programme through a multi-agency framework.

  Outcome Focused—A robust achievable performance management structure is in place which is measured and monitored on a regular basis, forming the basis to shape and influence the outcomes for the forward strategy.


  A key theme which runs throughout Government and Local Government regeneration policy is the leverage of funding and commitment from the private sector.

  The partnership has provided the core funding needed to underpin and establish a sustainable regeneration programme from the private sector. This has enabled the PRP to lever in public sector funds for specific regeneration schemes that tackle the social and economic issues for the area.

  This has been complemented by the many well established voluntary and community sector based organisations who have worked in partnership with PRP to deliver an all inclusive regeneration programme, reaching out to hard to reach communities and providing opportunities for local people to benefit from the physical developments taking place.

  PRP are also working in partnership with the existing local business community developing a sustainable strategy that will integrate the existing businesses with the Waterside development.

  Overall the programme is an all encompassing approach to regeneration delivered in partnership with key public, private, voluntary and community sector organisations.


  It would be premature for the PRP to demonstrate sustained improvements to deprived communities, bearing in mind that the first phase of development has been the physical developments which are now underway. The work of the PRP is committed to developing a sustainable approach and a number of large programmes each with a number of projects, work in synergy to provide a cohesive approach to social and economic regeneration, complementing the wider physical aspects of the Waterside development. These programmes have been implemented to target and tackle the deprivation illustrated in North Paddington;

  (a) Paddington First is a job brokerage service developed through a multi-agency partnership and delivered by the PRP and JobCentre Plus, to date 1,818 local people have been placed into jobs, of which 300 have been within the construction industry.

  (b) Training the New Life for Paddington programme and SRB funded initiative delivered by the Paddington Development Trust works in partnership with PRP to identify future vacancy needs and skills gaps to commission appropriate and/or customised training which is able to meet employers needs and jobseeker needs.

  (c) Westminster Education Action Zone, comprising of 27 schools in the North West Westminster area. PRP provides the private sector contribution towards the programme and has worked in partnership to deliver a number of key local initiatives in the target area.

  (d) The Business Improvement District is a major theme currently being taken forward by Government. PRP are the delivery agent for the Paddington Circle Programme—one of five London BID initiatives funded through the Governments SRB programme under the Circle Initiative. The target area is to work with the existing local business community to influence a co-ordinated an integrated approach that will complement the Waterside development.


  The policy developed by the PRP complements the Governments agenda on building sustainable regeneration programmes that will meet the long term objectives for the Paddington area. Performance management systems have been developed measuring outputs and targets, with the long term impacts being met under the following headings;

    —  Physical Environment

    —  Employment, Skills and Training

    —  Local Enterprise

    —  Clean and Safe

    —  Sustainable Funding.


  The PRP has a diverse role in managing both the economic prosperity of the area and tackling the social issues which face Paddington. One key outcome which is currently being piloted—the Business Improvement District will aim to maintain a prosperous and economic quarter for London which integrates the existing business community with the new Waterside development.

  This is to be complemented through the development and implementation of a sustainable forward strategy that will identify the needs and resources funded through mainstream funding funded by the main service providers in the area.

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