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🟩 GreenBricks Building of the Week 🟩 The Kensington Building

Timeless green


Once a bleak 4-storey 1970s block, today remodelled into a timeless 6-storey mixed-used destination. Seamlessly blending into Kensington’s historic street charm.


📍Location


🏢Building Details

  • Completed March 2022

  • 94,630 sq ft workspace + 34,000 sq ft ground floor retail

  • Winner BCO 2023 Best Refurbished / Recycled Workplace


👷🏾‍♀️Developer & Contractor


✍️Architects & Engineers


🌱Sustainability

  • BREEAM Excellent + EPC B + WiredScore Platinum

  • Re-purposing existing frame reduced embodied carbon by 31% – while overall gross area was increased by 45%

  • 100% of total excavation waste diverted from landfill

  • 100% of energy from renewable sources: rooftop PV system + highly efficient heat recovery units

  • Restores the historic street line with handmade Petersen bricks and Portland stone façades, sensitive to the neighbourhood


🥦 Wellbeing

  • WELL Standard Gold

  • 3 large outdoor terraces totalling 12,329 sq ft – variety of spaces landscaped for meetings, socials + fitness classes

  • 165 cycle spaces, bicycle repair station, luxury changing rooms with towel service + hair straighteners

  • Ceiling height up to 5m fill spaces with natural light + sense of openness

  • Remodelling of the building provides improved connectivity with Kensington High Street tube station, via lively new Wrights retail arcade


🎈Bonus feature

Suspended from the reception ceiling, Sphere 14 by Lesley Hilling – an intriguing “memory box” of salvaged trinkets. Piano keys, wood from skips, a tube of Habana cigars, her father’s saw – jigsawed and layered with obsessive joinery. Lesley is an artist who hoards, while showing the endless possibilities of reuse in art as in architecture.





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