Wornington Green, Kensington
The regeneration of Wornington Green (Kensington) includes building affordable homes of mixed sizes and new retail units.
Built between 1964 and 1985 the Wornington Green estate consists of 538 homes made up mainly of flats in six-storey connected blocks.
An options appraisal carried out between 2001 and 2005 found that regeneration was the best way to address problems on the estate including high levels of both overcrowding and underoccupancy.
The regeneration plans include building 538 quality affordable homes of mixed sizes and 20 new retail units for Portobello Road – generating up to 200 new jobs. A connecting road will be constructed to better integrate the estate into the surrounding community and a new community centre will be built.
Once work has finished a park (the same size as the existing Athlone Gardens) will be returned to residents.
The scheme was granted planning approval for phase one of the five phase scheme by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in March 2010. Phase one includes the building of 324 new homes, a mix of 174 for affordable rent and 150 homes for private sale.
In July 2015 the first phase of our regeneration of Wornington Green in north Kensington was successful at the prestigious 2015 Housing Design Awards.
This video is about our vision for the regeneration and features the completed homes, as well as interviews with some of the new homes’ residents.
Find out more about the regeneration of Wornington Green on the Here & 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 last month
- Final residents moved out of Telford and Wheatstone and the blocks have been boarded up in preparation for demolition. This area will be used for new park at the end of phase 1. More information about the demolition process will be available soon
- The Community Kitchen Garden has been recognised for the third year running in the London in Bloom and Royal Horticulture Society’s ‘It’s your Neighbourhood’ awards, this year achieving a highly sought after and hard to achieve level 4 award.
- Residents have now made all of their colour and finish choices for Block 2
- Catalyst Gateway launched individual grants programme which aims to support people back into employment, help those with financial difficulties and enable young people to access new activities.
In the coming month
- The Venture Centre is recruiting for one Catalyst-funded “earn while you learn” trainee playworker post. The post offers hands-on experience and access to an accredited training programme.
- A temporary barrier will be installed on Faraday Road outside the Venture Centre, to prevent unauthorised parking.
- Athlone Gate (The new road between block 2 and block 3) is now open and people who have bought the right to park in the underground car park can now use it ahead of its full completion next year.
- RBKC Council is continuing to work on Munro Mews; replacing the cobbled surface and building new homes on the former site of the garages.