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.
Over 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.
In the past month:
- Erith have left the site, having demolished 65-96 Pepler House, Edward Kennedy House and 192/194 Wornington Road. United Living, our construction partner for Bond Mansions, are working hard on design development with a view to starting on site in September.
- The final inspection of Faraday Road and Bonchurch Road took place on 16 May.
- The Residents Steering Group (RSG) met on 25 May. Along with other business, they discussed our communications strategy for the next milestones in the regeneration with members of the External Affairs team, and a representative from our Digital Neighbourhood Service Centre attended to talk about how residents can contact us.
- We regret that moves have been delayed for the last 15 tenants who are due to move into Hardy Mansions, as the homes were not ready within the timescales we expected. We are staying in regular contact with affected households to keep them informed. We expect most moves to take place in July when the new homes are ready.
- Catalyst has contacted all households affected by the changes in the timetable for phase 2.
- The new footpath from Portobello Road to Chiltern, Watts and Breakwell Houses opened on 5 June.
- North Kensington Women’s Textile Group attended free regular mental wellbeing sessions with Take Time to Talk (NHS led initiative) organised by Golborne Community Champions.
- Catalyst Gateway supported Venture Centre’s ‘Summer Give’ crowdfunding campaign, enabling delivery of an exciting programme of play activities for local children.
In the next month:
- RBKC should adopt Faraday Road and Bonchurch Road during July. The roads will be opened to the public shortly after we receive formal notice from RBKC. This will open up additional parking for residents.
- The next public regeneration meeting held by the RSG and ITA is to be held at Portobello Hall on 29 June. Topics include the updates to the phase 2 programme, and how residents will be involved in selecting the architect for phase 3.
- Catalyst will be speaking to all households affected by the changes in timescale for phase 2 about their re-housing needs, preferences and rehousing options.
- From 9 June, Golborne Community Champions are inviting local men to come together for weekly games sessions, including chess, backgammon, table tennis and much more. It’s a great opportunity for men to get to know their neighbours through a bit of friendly competition! Sessions will run from 11.30, at Venture Centre.