Grand Union Centre
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. 2016
- Project Details
- Completion: 2016
- Clients: Taylor Wimpey and Workspace Group
Signalling the northern entry into the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the four buildings of Grand Union Centre take scale and character cues from Victorian warehouses. A six-storey, C-shaped block lines Ladbroke Grove, injecting the area with a mix of shop fronts, restaurants and 8,500 square metres of flexible business units for Workspace Group. Behind, a large communal podium courtyard – formally arranged as a series of stepped outdoor rooms, grass banks and pathways – connects the three residential blocks. Containing 130 mixed-tenure (market, shared ownership and affordable rent) homes ranging from studio flats to five-bedroom apartments, these blocks are placed at the site’s edge to maximise the size of the courtyard and reinforce the surrounding street patterns. Composed vertically with a series of brick pier bays, deep recessed openings and projecting balconies and layered horizontally with brick banding, the building’s elevations are both legible and permeable.