NORTH KENSINGTON GATE
Set within a rapidly changing part of west London, this project provides 211 new homes across two new buildings on two sites in close proximity – North Kensington Gate South and North. Together, they will mark the south-eastern entrance into the revitalised Old Oak Opportunity Area on Scrubs Lane – one of London’s largest areas of regeneration where it is expected that 24,000 new homes will be built over the next 20 years.
The South building aims to create a varied street scene with a building broken into three distinctive blocks that range in heights between six and eight storeys, rising then to 22 storeys. It will provide a mix of 164 market and affordable new homes. At ground level, commercial and retail spaces provide continuous active frontages, which will bring new life to the street and the wider neighbourhood. The architecture incorporates several elements that respond to its surrounding heritage in contemporary ways. The use of a white precast stone frame brings together the group of proposed buildings, reflecting the materiality of the nearby Canadian War Memorial and the Anglican Chapel, both of which are made of Portland Stone. Bespoke folded aluminium panels with a variety of bronze colour shades reference the industrial legacy of the site.
The North building will consist of 47 new homes in a building with a stepped form with a ‘shoulder’ of four storeys that responds to the scale of the adjacent Conservation Area, increasing then up to eleven storeys opposite the new Hythe Road junction. It has been designed with a strong brick masonry form and precast lintels, responding to the neighbouring Victorian houses.
Townshend Landscape Architects
Townscape & Heritage consultant
20,330 sqm GEA
5,633 sqm GEA