Proposals are underway for the redevelopment of Baltic Wharf, home to Paddington’s Travis Perkins. The proposals are led jointly by Unite Students and Travis Perkins, and see the creation of student accommodation above a retained Travis Perkins branch.
The plan is for the upper floors to house 830-900 new student bedrooms along with associated amenity space, kitchens and study space. The student accommodation will be operated and managed by Unite Students who have 30 years’ experience in student housing. Unite Students are the UK’s largest manager of student accommodation and currently look after 76,000 students.
The building will be 95m tall at its highest point, stepping down towards the Westway. It is about seven meters lower than the adjacent Brunel Building. A new canalside towpath will be provided, creating a continuous pedestrian route from the head of Paddington Basin and Merchant Square right up to Little Venice.
You can download details of the proposal here or visit the scheme’s website. Join an online presentation with a Q&A from 6pm on 10 February 2021.
A planning application is anticipated later this year, following consultation. If approved construction could commence as early as 2022, with student accommodation ready for occupation from the beginning of the 2023-24 student academic year.