Kensington Academy and Leisure Centre (KALC) SPD

Context

The Surrounding Area

3.1.1 Unlike many parts of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, which is characterised by a well structured, classic street and urban block pattern, seen in the Borough's Conservation Areas, the area between Latimer Road and Ladbroke Grove underground station has a disrupted street pattern and urban grain. This was established as a result of major post war redevelopment including the Westway and West Cross Route.

3.1.2 The Lancaster West Estate is characterised by the 23 storey Grenfell Tower, which stands at a height of 67 metres. However, the building including Barondon Walk, Hurstway Walk and Testerton Walk is part four part five storeys in height. The existing leisure centre comprises a single storey building with at a height of some 6 metres. The other buildings comprising the Lancaster West Estate include the 2 storey terraces in Verity Close and the Treadgold House which is a 5 storey building. The terraced housing on Grenfell Road, which is adjacent to the Estate, is two storeys in height. This variety of building heights, together with the layout of the estate results in there being no consistent building height or defined townscape context.