Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, there was rapid recognition both
of the need to make real improvements around the estate and the need to
ensure that the residents lead the process.
With that in mind, the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and the
Ministry of Housing & Local Government committed funding to support an
ambitious, resident-led refurbishment of the estate. To ensure these
improvements reflect the needs of the community, the Council is working
in partnership with local residents through the Lancaster West
Residents’ Association (LWRA) and other community groups to ‘co-design’
the renewal of the estate.
A team of designers and facilitators was appointed to work with
residents to generate ideas for the future refurbishment of the Estate.
The Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government made the
initial selection and consulted with the residents who added some
practices to the list.
The practices were selected because of their experience and design
skills and because of their ability to work collaboratively with
residents as part of a co-design process. The joint experience and
expertise of the architectural team covers housing, community and public
buildings, landscape design, sustainability and most importantly for
this project, community engagement.
The process involves helping residents create a design vision for the
refurbishment and improvement of their homes, their immediate
neighbourhood, and the wider estate whilst remaining in their homes