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Gibson Thornley wins green light for 'biggest' scheme yet

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Emerging practice Gibson Thornley has won the go-ahead for its largest scheme to date – a 13,570m² office development in Kensal Road, Kilburn, West London

The firm, which was named among the rising stars in the contest to design a nursery for compact homes developer Pocket this summer, was set up by former AHMM employees Ben Gibson and Matt Thornley in 2013.

Approved by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the new scheme will provide commercial and retail space ‘aimed at the cultural and creative industries’ in the council’s Employment Zone.

A series of self-contained studios will be created along Conlan Street and Middle Row, with the upper levels offering ‘large-span, flexible floors’.

According to the practice, the development will be built from a ‘simple, refined palette’ and feature ‘a series of brick piers and horizontal precast concrete bands forming generous apertures for window, screens and door openings’.

The proposal is backed by WRM Capinvest and is expected to go out to tender next year.

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Gibson Thornley’s Kensal Road scheme - approved November 2016

Gibson Thornley’s Kensal Road scheme - approved November 2016

Project data

Architect Gibson Thornley
Client Cessina, advised by WRM Capinvest
Planning consultant Savills
Communications Cratus Communications
Project management CBRE
Structural engineer Arup
Service engineer Arup
Traffic and waste consultant Arup
Vertical transportation design Arup
Daylight/sunlight consultant GIA
Cost consultant Faithful + Gould
Fire consultant Aecom
Access consultant David Bonnett Associates
Ecology consultant The Ecology Consultancy
Computer renders Forbes Massie
Model photography Jack Hobhouse
Area 13,570m² (GIA)
Budget Undisclosed

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