Portobello Square – the regeneration of Wornington Green

Our Portobello Square regeneration project at the Wornington Green estate in Kensington will deliver approximately 1000 mixed tenure new homes for social rent, private sale, and shared ownership.


Wornington Green Estate is owned and managed by Catalyst. The estate originally comprised 538 flats and houses (accommodating approximately 1,700 residents) which were constructed between 1964 and 1985 in predominantly large deck-blocks, typical of public housing of the period.

The estate in its original form had, over several decades, undergone exponential changes in an attempt to address problems arising from both its design and construction methodology; but these had failed to resolve inherent problems with access, security, poor design and layout of homes. The 2006 options appraisal concluded that the complete redevelopment of the estate was the only realistic option to ensure the delivery of better housing for residents.

Our video tells the story of how we recreated the original street pattern for Bonchurch Road as part of the project.

Our plans

Portobello Rd_in page imageOver 10 years Catalyst is regenerating and remodelling the estate creating a sustainable, mixed tenure community. Portobello Square will be built in three phases delivering approximately 1,000 new homes.

  • No loss of social housing. All current tenants will be offered new homes in the development
  • New homes for private sale and shared ownership
  • Social housing is seamlessly integrated with the private to create a truly tenure blind development
  • Creation of shops and community facilities and improved public realm
  • Reintegrating the new neighbourhood into the surrounding street pattern
  • Re-providing the existing council-owned park in the heart of the new neighbourhood

Phase One includes the building of 324 new homes, a mix of 174 for affordable rent and 150 homes for private sale. Work on Phase One started in 2012 and is scheduled for completion in May 2016.

Phase Two was granted planning permission in July 2014 and is due to start on site in early 2017.

You can find out more about the Portobello Square project at the Here and Now website.

Paul House provides space for community projects

Catalyst will be using the premises at Paul House, Ladbroke Grove, as the base for a range of projects that support and empower the local community until the time comes to demolish it.

This will provide more services and opportunities for local residents delivered by our Catalyst Gateway Team. Support for children, young people and families and access to financial inclusion services and help to find employment can now be provided from this refurbished space at Wornington Green. It may also be used as a meeting place for residents once the current residents’ room is demolished.

Latest news

Construction update

Erith, our demolition partners, have been preparing the site for the demolition of the next phase (Pepler House, Edward Kennedy House and 192/194 Wornington Road), including the closure of the footway adjacent to the site and installation of site hoardings. New crossing points have been provided.

Road surfacing and adoption

Surfacing is complete on most of the new roads built as part of phase 1. Bonchurch Road and Athlone Place will be offered for adoption to RBK&C this month, while Faraday Road will not be adopted until all building works are complete and the park reinstated.

Festive day of treats for Golborne residents

The Venture Community Association and the Golborne Community Champions teamed up to give local people who are struggling with mental health and low income a special day to relax and celebrate the festive season. Families were nominated by Catalyst, local charities, the Community Champions and the Council’s Early Help team. The day included a meal and presents, a grotto created by local workshop Goldfinger Factory, and a new winter coat for each child.

Match Funding for local projects

In 2016, Catalyst Gateway secured match funding of £101K for Catalyst’s investment of £29K across all their projects. Many of the awards were for projects around Portobello. We got £15k for our investment of £10k to fund a trainee post at Goldfinger Factory; £5k for £3k for North Kensington textile workshop; and an impressive £65k for £5k investment in Golborne Community Champions.

Key funding partners include RBK&C public health team, Goldfinger Factory, K&C TMO, K&C Clinical Commissioning Group and the Childhood Trust.

What’s coming next:

  • Erith have begun setting up to start demolition for the next phase, and demolition will start soon. This phase of the demolition works is expected to be finished towards the end of May this year.
  • Buyers have begun to move into market sale properties in Hardy Mansions, and we expect social tenants to begin moving into this block towards the end of January.
  • Tenders for the construction of Bond Mansions will be opened soon, and we expect to be able to announce the chosen contractor by the end of March.