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Firms Tapped for Grenfell Estate Redesign

Thursday, March 22, 2018

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Six architecture firms have been tapped to bring ideas to the table on the renovation of London’s Lancaster West Estate, the property that contains Grenfell Tower, the site of a massive fire than killed more than 70 people last June.

What’s Happening

Although Grenfell is not a part of this renovation plan, several buildings, courtyards and walkways are in need of what officials are calling crucial updates.

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Six architecture firms have been tapped to bring ideas to the table on the renovation of London’s Lancaster West Estate, the property that contains Grenfell Tower, the site of a massive fire than killed more than 70 people last June.

"Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy there was a clear recognition of the need to make real improvements around the estate," read a message displayed at the first public meeting held earlier this month.

Firms Adjaye Associates, Levitt Bernstein, Maccreanor Lavington, Murray John Architects, Cullinan Studio and Penoyre Prasad (along with landscape architects Andy Sturgeon Design and consultants Twinn Sustainability) will work with the Lancaster West Residents Association, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and the government to come up with resident-driven solutions.

At that initial meeting, residents shared their most pressing concerns, which included accessibility, leaks, ventilation and other safety issues.

“Residents on the Lancaster West estate are already working with us on the multi-million-pound refurbishment of their homes,” said deputy leader of the Kensington and Chlesea Council Kim Taylor-Smith. “They are in the driving seat, creating their model estate. It is an approach I want to see repeated across all our estates.”

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Although Grenfell is not a part of this renovation plan, several buildings, courtyards and walkways are in need of what officials are calling crucial updates.

The renovation—backed by 30 million pounds of government funds—has its own website where idea boards are published regarding each of the seven projects.

The Tower

As for the tower, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government announced earlier this month an agreement that will allow the survivors of the fire to ultimately decide what happens.

Officials said in the document that the community will lead the decision-making with the bereaved getting a veto on all future decisions and a 50 percent representative vote.

Reports indicate that the site will likely be turned into a memorial for victims and its repurposing will coincide with other developments in the neighborhood, including the renaming of the nearby rail station.

"The common assumption is that this consultation will lead towards agreement on a fitting memorial to remember those who lost their lives, and a request to Transport for London for the renaming of Latimer Road Underground Station to commemorate Grenfell Tower," the document states.

   

Tagged categories: Design; Health and safety; Renovation; Safety

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