Client: The Westway Trust

Size: 5,283 sqm GIA (1,128 sqm Residential, 4,155 sqm other)


  • Winner NLA Awards 2017, Culture and Community
  • Finalist WAF Awards 2017, Mixed Use
  • Planning Awards 2017, Winner, Best use of Arts, Culture or Sport in Placemaking
  • Planning Awards 2017, Highly Commended, Stakeholder Engagement in Planning

A collaborative project to sensitively enhance the Portobello area of the Westway Trust estate for the local West London community living and working there. The aim of the project is to reinvigorate the area linking Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park, including Acklam Road and Thorpe Close, under the Westway flyover. It will support local independent shops and create new space for local arts, culture and community activity.

This part of North Kensington has changed organically over the years and this project hopes to continue this evolution by understanding the needs of local residents, interest groups, organisations and businesses.

The project will provide a more diverse range of trading opportunities and cultural and civic spaces, supporting local social and economic prosperity for the future, including aiming to create 150 new jobs in the area. The scheme will pay close attention to local heritage including retaining the distinctive market canopy and won’t impose a predetermined architectural vision. 

Proposals include a multi-use arts centre and 13 new-build affordable homes, the revamp of the shopping arcade on Thorpe Close to create a spacious, light and modern indoor market hall, new shop and workspaces, as well as improvements to Portobello Green and the public realm.

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