Portobello Square Bullet Point Briefing: the latest on the regeneration

In the past month

  • United Living continue to progress internal works in Bond Mansions, including floor finishes and installing internal doors. They are also making progress with the brick and stonework. They are aiming to begin removing the scaffolding in April.
  • The disconnection of electricity from Murchison and Wells Houses was completed, allowing us to prepare for the demolition.
  • Our rehousing team will be contacting the residents who have accepted their new home in Bond Mansions soon to put together their move plans. Residents who are moving into Bond Mansions and haven’t yet discussed their move plan should contact their Rehousing Coordinator. We expect these moves to begin in August.
  • Our demolition contractors have begun installing scaffolding around Murchison and Wells Houses to support the buildings during the demolition.
  • Street parking along the link road between Portobello Road and Wornington Road has been suspended in advance of the demolition.
  • Dust monitors have been erected around the demolition site to monitor air quality.
  • We have extended the cable diversion works that were recently completed in the Murchison car park across the road to Katherine House. This will take about 10 days. The road will remain open, with a traffic light system in place.
  • The latest issue of Here&Now was delivered. It features a reminder of the process for demolishing Murchison and Wells Houses, as well as detail on the creation of Murchison Gardens later this year. The newsletter was hand-delivered to buildings connected to Wells House, and Catalyst staff knocked on doors to ensure residents are aware and have any support they need.

In the next month

  • Wells House will be separated from Olive Blythe House, to help prevent vibrations affecting remaining buildings during the demolition. The work will be noisy at times as it involves pneumatic tools. Noisy works are restricted to 9am to 5:30pm by RBKC.
  • Once the building separation is complete, the contractors will begin to demolish Murchison House using a high-reach excavator.
  • Our contractors are making good progress with the new Catalyst office in the commercial units on Portobello Road. We’re on schedule to open the new office in June.
  • We will install bollards to protect the footpath along the hoarding in the Murchison car park.
  • Wornington Road will close for two weeks from 7 May, to complete further community heating pipe works. All arrangements and pedestrian access will be the same as they were during the last closure.
  • Creation of the new kerb line for the new footpath to the front of Bond Mansions will continue
  • Meanwhile Gardens Community Association, with funding from Catalyst, will shortly be recruiting two new part time members of staff: a trainee gardener and a trainee playworker. Trainees receive on-the-job training paid at the London Living Wage and will also attend college to get qualifications.  Both posts will be advertised in late April and priority will be given to local residents.
  • We’ve teamed up with One You Kensington and Chelsea, a public health funded project, offering free one-to-one personalised support sessions and access to a range of activities, to help residents make healthier lifestyle choices and improve their mental and physical wellbeing.   Residents who are interested can drop into the Catalyst Community Shop (Paul House) on Wednesdays between 10am – 1pm, for a friendly chat with a Healthy Lifestyle Adviser.  Alternatively, please call the One You K&C team on 020 3434 2500.