bptw architecture has been selected by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to lead on a residential–led regeneration scheme which will also provide two new school buildings on a prominent site adjoining Ladbroke Grove in North Kensington.
bptw was recently selected following a competitive design-bid process in which the practice was chosen, out of 5 finalists, as the preferred architect and lead consultant to develop plans for the Treverton Estate and part of the Balfour of Burleigh Estate. bptw will lead a full design team to improve the quality of council homes available to existing and future residents, whilst providing new high quality affordable homes along with private sale units to cross-fund the development.
Key to the proposal are plans to expand the popular Barlby Primary School to a two-form entry school which will help meet the demand for places in Royal Borough schools. The scheme will also provide a new school for children with special educational needs including speech, language and communication difficulties and also autism, on the same site. The brief for Barlby Primary is to design a modern facility including the very latest in ICT infrastructure.
Speaking about the appointment, Cllr Rock Feilding-Mellen, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Housing, Property and Regeneration, said:
“I very much look forward to working with bptw architecture and seeing the options it produces for this part of North Kensington. This is a very exciting project which could have enormous benefit for the wider community. The architects and Council officers will continue to work closely with the local community to ensure the delivery of two excellent new schools and also to explore the potential for new and improved housing set across more traditional and better connected street patterns.”
bptw has begun working with councillors, the school, and residents to develop options for the site.