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Tesco's biggest ever development, a mixed-use scheme featuring superstore and housing
Our construction team has joined forces with our residential specialists to deliver affordable homes and a new school in the heart of Westminster.
In the centre of the Paddington basin regeneration, we’re creating a 22 storey residential tower and seven-storey secondary school for boys for Westminster City Council.
Called Dudley House, they are a mix of 190+ shared ownership and affordable rent homes which will be available to people living or working in Westminster, while the school will be a permanent new home for Marylebone Boys' School which is currently in a temporary home in Brent.
The school's current intake at its new home will start at 480 pupils, with an eventual population of 840, including a mixed sixth form.
Footprint of Dudley House site in Paddington
Close to Paddington Station and all the transport connections, the development also includes a church, with the school a self-contained part of the development.
This mega scheme is an illustration of our ability to combine construction and housing skills to create a large mixed-used scheme. We aim to achieve BREEAM ‘very good’ to underline the energy and cost effectiveness of the homes and school.
Talking about the building process, design manager Trish Lippyatt explains: “We wanted a lightweight method and proposed brick cladding but the planners wanted an even more lightweight one, so we went for Terracotta cladding.”
Operations manager Gerry Canavan:
“From our point of view, the biggest challenge is the logistics and working from a tight city centre site. Getting materials on site is like feeding a beast. For the exterior, we are using a mast system which means no scaffold. There’s virtually no wet trades apart from some screeding.”
Chris Tredget, managing director of
Willmott Dixon in Hitchin said, “We are delighted to be playing our part in the
regeneration of Paddington Basin.”
David Smith, managing director of Willmott Partnership Homes in London and the South said, “This is a great opportunity to combine the skills of both Willmott Partnership Homes and Willmott Dixon to provide sustainable homes that keep costs down for residents and providing a new home for Marylebone Boys School with a first class learning environment for the students.”
Willmott Dixon House, 80 Wilbury Way, Hitchin, Hertfordshire