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London, 2018+


Kensal House is a Grade II* listed 1930s Modernist landmark, designed by architect Maxwell Fry with social reformer Elizabeth Denby. Fry and Denbys’ intention in building Kensal House was to create homes with shared communal spaces at the core. The Community Rooms were intended for recreation, workshops, entertainment, hobbies; spaces designated for residents to be together, to learn from, support and enjoy each other.


The building is in need of attention and restoration, particularly to the shared social spaces, neglected until the recent past, and has been successful in attracting £2.4m in funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, National Lottery Community Fund and the Mayor of London's Good Growth Fund, amongst others.


For the past decade, the SPID Theatre have been using the Community Rooms as their base, from which they plan and develop new site-specific work, which focusses on life in the surrounding social housing estates.


The project is currently on site, due for completion in early 2024.

Construction PM: TGA Building Consultancy

Structural Engineer: Stand Consulting Engineers

MEP consultant: OR Consulting Engineers

Underground drainage: Momentum

Access consultant: Jane Toplis Associates Ltd.

Fire Consultant: Marshall Fire

QS: Appleyard & Trew

Pre-construction PM: The Cultural Engine


Photographs Studio Sam Causer.

Historic photographs from RIBA Collections publication 'Kensal House: a contribution to the new London' photographer Edith Tudor Hart

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