David Adjaye’s practice is part of a team of architects working with residents on an overhaul of the west London housing estate hit by the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower
Adjaye Associates is joined by Cullinan Studio, Levitt Bernstein, Maccreanor Lavington, Murray John Architects and Penoyre & Prasad on the high-profile refurbishment of the Lancaster West Estate.
The practices are working with the Lancaster West Residents Association, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and central government on ideas for a ‘resident-led’ transformation of the housing complex.
Lancaster West was built from a masterplan drawn up by Clifford Weardon Architects in the late 1960s. The local council and central government have committed £15 million each to the scheme to improve it and the overall budget could rise.
A presentation from the architects working on early concepts for the refurbishment said at a public event earlier this month: ‘We see ourselves as facilitators to help residents create a design vision for the refurbishment and improvement of their homes and the wider estate. Residents will also be involved in the selection of architects for future stages of the refurbishment.’
A number of ‘early ideas’ - such as ‘more secure’ street entrances – were mooted by the architects in the presentation.
The council has promised that the scheme will create ‘a model estate where the community can be proud to live’ and ‘a sustainable estate that can be maintained to a high standard’.
Demolition of people’s homes has been ruled out.
More than 150 people attended an ideas day held earlier this month, and suggestions are being collated into a book that will be presented to the community and used to inform the refurbishment project.
A brief will be prepared, followed by detailed work to design the refurbishment. Subject to full consultation, planning and procurement, works could begin on site next summer.
Speaking about the proposals at a recent council meeting, councillor Kim Taylor-Smith, deputy leader at Kensington and Chelsea Council, said: ’Residents on the Lancaster West estate are already working with us on the multi-million pound refurbishment of their homes.
’The residents are in the driving seat’
’They are in the driving seat, creating their model estate. It is an approach I want to see repeated across all our estates.’
Landscape architects Andy Sturgeon Design and built environment consultant Twinn Sustainability are also working with the chosen practices, alongside independent adviser Newman Francis, facilitator Fluid, the Lancaster West Residents Association, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and central government.
The fire at Grenfell Tower last summer claimed the lives of 71 people and left many more without a home.
It was announced earlier this month that decisions on the future of the site of the fire would be transferred to a body made up of residents and representatives of the bereaved.
The council said improvements to the Lancaster West estate would be ‘sensitive to, and not negatively impact’ the site of the fire.