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£13m project at Paddington sees retail sales rise

PUBLISHED: 15:20 29 August 2017

The completion of the Paddington Lawn upgrade Picture: Network Rail Property

The completion of the Paddington Lawn upgrade Picture: Network Rail Property

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A multi-million pound regeneration project at Paddington station has seen retail sales soar by 40 per cent between April and June this year.

The completion of the Paddington Lawn upgrade Picture: Network Rail PropertyThe completion of the Paddington Lawn upgrade Picture: Network Rail Property

The £13m Paddington Lawn upgrade began in July 2015 and includes 16 new-and-improved retail units. Changes to the Lawn, named after the former site of the station master’s garden, compliment a new and refurbished open-plan ticket office. It is the latest stage in the Brunel-designed station’s 163-year evolution, with Network Rail working with English Heritage to prepare the Grade 1 listed site for a huge rise in footfall whilst preserving its historic design.

Hamish Kiernan, commercial director of retail for Network Rail, said: “The completion of Paddington Lawn gives commuters a new high-quality shopping experience.

“Britain’s railway stations are great symbols of our industrial heritage, and regeneration projects like Paddington Lawn ensure the spaces created by Victorian visionaries remain relevant and fit-for-purpose.”

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