Work is about to commence on the redevelopment of the first phase of Wornington Green, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea's largest regeneration scheme for decades. Designed by PRP Architects this scheme will preserve the rich architectural history of this area (over 14 acres) and reinstate historic links between the Portobello Road and Ladbroke Grove. The new development will eventually offer up to 1,000 homes to the area and a new London square will form a focal point for this new urban quarter.
The owner of the Wornington Green Estate, Kensington Housing Trust (part of the Catalyst Housing Group), is to commence work with contractor Mansell Construction on the first phase of the development comprising 324 homes, of which 150 will be for private sale, ranging from apartments to family mews houses.
Wornington Green - Designs for a new urban quarter
The final design solution for the Wornington Green site is a culmination of over five years consultation with the local community and offers an exemplar model for large scale urban regeneration adjoining a conservation area. The social housing element is seamlessly integrated with the private housing to create a truly tenure blind development. Councillors particularly praised the high quality of detailing and materials which have been applied throughout, to reflect the quality and vibrancy of the local vernacular.
Andy von Bradsky, PRP's Chairman comments:
"PRP is very pleased that work is commencing on site as Wornington Green is vital to the regeneration of this historic area of Kensington and will provide existing residents with improved family accommodation in a high value area. The redevelopment will truly transform the local area by creating a new London square as a focal point for the scheme and reinstating the historic connections between Portobello Road and Ladbroke Grove."
The 5.7 hectare site currently comprises 538 homes, along with community amenities and a public park. The new development will eventually offer up to 1,000 new homes and will maintain vital community facilities under the masterplan drawn up by PRP Architects. The first new homes will be ready for occupation by early 2012.