The Kensington Building is a retrofit development that delivers 95,000ft2 of BREEAM Excellent and WELL Standard Gold workspace and 34,000ft2 of retail space. It also incorporates 12,329ft2 of terraces.
NEW LONDON AWARDS 2022
Shortlisted in the RETROFIT category
The corner of Kensington High Street and Wright’s Lane was the former site of Pontings department store. Now known as The Kensington Building, the 1970s edifice has been transformed into a development that delivers 95,000ft2 of BREEAM Excellent and WELL Standard Gold workspace and 34,000ft2 of retail space. The people-centred design also incorporates 12,330ft2 of landscaped terraces, promoting bio-diversity and enhancing work-life wellbeing.
The original building was an aggressive, brutalist structure that eroded the historic definition of the surrounding streets. The architectural response restored the building’s visual alignment on Wright’s Lane with elevations sensitive to the traditions of the neighbourhood. The building is a demonstration of how retail can be reimagined. Flexible and sustainable architecture has transformed the redundant department store into relevant and adaptable accommodation.