Estate of Play
For fifteen years we have dreamed of restoring our neglected Kensal House Community Rooms. Now funders like the Mayor’s Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund have shown unprecedented commitment to the improvements. We have adapted our vision for the Grade II* listed building to champion access, safety and aesthetics for the benefit of the whole estate, and Kensal residents have helped us make this film welcoming the long awaited refurbishment of our Grade II* listed building.
The residents’ garden will be increased by 72 square meters, having scrapped the proposed extension. To provide an additional space for new free activities, the backstage area will be equipped and soundproofed. Access will be improved with a new lift and path as well as a sloping corridor. At the same time, the council have committed to fixing the leaks at Kensal House and to supporting the refurbishment. Our youth advocacy has long fought to save estate community spaces through out North Kensington, and the refurbishment includes a scale up of our award winning youth and community work. Locals will gain paid work placements, new jobs, and free business mentoring, while young people will benefit from free drama, heritage, sports, filmmaking and homework clubs. Please join us in commenting positively on our planning application for positive change.
Kensal resident and SPID Chair Ivor Flint said :SPID has championed our historic community rooms by pulling in an incredible £2.4m, we’ve worked so hard for this and waited so long
Naomi Israel, Local Youth Ambassador and SPID Trustee, said: SPID stands for solidarity, which is something North Kensington desperately needs. At a time when so many youth centres are closing, young people like me simply cannot do without them.
Kensal resident and Refurbishment Project Board member Omar Sabbagh said: I’m so pleased we have a provisional greenlight, we are all pulling together to make this work in these unprecedented times
Kensal resident and Refurbishment Project Board Chair Catherine Gray said: I’m so excited for the refurbishment. This opportunity means such a lot to Kensal. It will finally show how valuable the building is both socially and historically.