Wornington Green, Kensington

The regeneration of Wornington Green (Kensington) includes building affordable homes of mixed sizes and new retail units.

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The history

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.

Our plans

The regeneration plans include building 538 quality Portobello Road in page image2affordable 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.

 

We are delighted that we’ve been given the go-ahead for phase 2 of the regeneration and hope to begin work onsite in the autumn of 2015.

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.

Our progress

During November

  • 19 November: Lilah Haire, Housing and Regeneration Coordinator, used one of her volunteer days to share her knowledge, passion and sewing expertise with 25 local women at North Kensington’s Women’s Textile Workshop. These weekly workshops at the Venture Centre are funded by Catalyst and will restart after the Christmas break.
  • 20 November: Portobello Square won a silver medal in the WhatHouse? Awards’ Best Brownfield Development category.
  • Weekly from 27 November:  Late night Friday Football, 7-9pm, Friday nights, Venture Centre. All ages welcome. Contact Sebastian Wade, Catalyst Gateway, 07860 917 094.

During December

  • 8 December: The Catalyst team, Golborne Neighbourhood Police and RBKC Parks Police had a pop-Up stall in Athlone Gardens. Information about the regeneration and community safety was distributed. A dog chipping service was available along with mince pies and other goodies.
  • 17 December: The W10 volunteer project, funded by Catalyst and Comic Relief, is hosting a celebration event to thank local volunteers who selflessly give up their free time to support a vast range of local projects throughout the year.
  • We will be promoting Catalyst’s ability to refer people to the food bank during the run up to festive season as it can be a difficult time financially for some households.
  • The demolition of Telford and Wheatstone Houses will start in January. We will be contacting neighbouring residents and businesses with details of any pavement closures and parking suspensions.
  • The Kensington Office will be closed from 2pm on Thursday 24th December until 10 am on 31st December (the office will be open between 10 – 4pm on this day). Our usual service resumes on 4th January. In case of emergencies when the office is closed you can call 0300 456 2099.