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Portobello Square, Past, Present & Future

PAST

Wornington Green was built between 1964 and 1985 by Kensington Housing Trust. It originally consisted of 538 homes, accommodating about 1,700 residents. It’s owned and managed by Catalyst.

Wornington Green has long experienced problems arising from its design and the way it was built. Over the years, much has been done to remedy these issues but in 2006, an options appraisal found that complete regeneration was the only realistic option to ensure the delivery of better housing for residents.

PRESENT

With Phase 1 of the 3-phase project scheduled to be completed in April, the regeneration’s already bringing substantial benefits to the neighbourhood:

  • The scheme won the prestigious ‘Best Regeneration Project’ at the London Evening Standard New Homes Awards in 2016. It has also been the recipient of many other renowned housing awards since the project began: these are shown below.
  • New roads, completed in February, are reconnecting Portobello Square with the surrounding area.
  • With help from Goldfinger Factory and the North Kensington Women’s Textile Workshop, we’ve remodelled Paul House as a base for projects that support and enrich the whole community.
  • With seed funding of £29,000 to help projects evolve and attract funding, Catalyst Gateway has secured match funding of £101,000 for community projects around Portobello Square.

FUTURE

The regeneration of Wornington Green won’t just fix problems with the existing homes. By building on the area’s history and great location in London, it will create a sustainable, mixed-tenure community for new and existing residents, at the heart of a well-loved part of west London. The vision for Portobello Square includes:

  • No loss of social housing. All current tenants will be offered new homes in the development.
  • Creation of approximately 1,000 new homes for social rent, private sale, and shared ownership, seamlessly integrated together in a truly ‘tenure blind’ development.
  • Provision of new shops and community facilities and improved public space.
  • Reintegration of the new neighbourhood into the surrounding street pattern.
  • A new council-owned park in the heart of the new neighbourhood.

AWARDS

  • BEST REGENERATION PROJECT- LONDON EVENING STANDARD NEW HOMES AWARDS 2016
  • BEST BROWNFIELD DEVELOPMENT – WHAT HOUSE AWARDS 2015
  • 2015 MAYOR’S DESIGN AWARD – HOUSING DESIGN AWARDS 2015
  • BEST APARTMENT SCHEME – WHAT HOUSE AWARDS 2014
  • BEST PUBLIC SECTOR AND REGENERATION – PROPERTY MARKETING AWARDS 2013
  • 2011 PROJECT WINNER – HOUSING DESIGN AWARDS 2011

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