West Kensington and Gibbs Green Estates
West Kensington, London
Number of existing homes: 760
Number of proposed new homes: 360
In Summer 2015, residents of West Kensington and Gibbs Green Estates in Earls Court, London, approached Architects for Social Housing to work with them to explore alternatives to demolition. The estates were threatened with demolition by the developer CAPCO as the result of the sale of land by Hammersmith and Fulham Council.
These proposals form part of the residents’ application for a Right To Transfer the estate into community ownership.
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Current Status: Partially saved/ ongoing
ASH organised a series of consultations throughout Autumn 2015, which included walks through the estate, and design, refurbishment, community and landscape workshops, and exhibitions.
The current scheme – which has been included in a business plan for the management and ownership for the estates – includes several hundred new homes of varying sizes which are both infill and roof extensions, as well as a series of community facilities, and landscape improvements.
Funded by the rent of sale of some of the new homes, the existing homes are all to be refurbished, to incorporate additional insulation, improved ventilation strategies, and winter gardens added to the existing towers, as well as numerous public realm and landscape improvements, some of which are already being undertaken.
Proposed new public square and facilities, housing above and entrance into the estate from the south from Lillie road.