Kensington High Street project detail view of the building

127 Kensington High Street

London, W8
Ashby Capital/Janson Urban
Pilbrow & Partners
Quantity Surveyor
Core Five
Corporate and Commercial

Project Scope

  • Aluminium curtain wall
  • Steel curtain wall
  • Feature aluminium cladding
  • Architectural louvres
  • Glazed canopies
  • Arcade/retail shop fronts

The mixed-use building will provide next generation office space and will also improve connectivity to Kensington High Street Underground station through the creation of a new retail arcade.

Key Challenges

  • Inner city environment with significant delivery challenges including liaison with London Underground.
  • Full façade package with responsibility for the interfacing and building performance.
  • Intricate masonry design alongside architectural glazing.

The Brief

Engaged by the client under a PCSA, Colorminium worked alongside the design team through the advancement of the design stages to ensure the architectural intent could be achieved inside the cost plan.  An existing building with extended floor plates and additional height, a number of complexities had to be overcome in the engineering of the façade.

Our Approach

With the majority of the existing building being retained and then extended, the challenge in the PCSA was to advance the principle of a façade ‘wrap’.  The façade design was approached to take the masonry elements off the critical path by designing them as a rainscreen.  Lightweight SFS slab infills are being used behind the solid zones with options of GRC and traditional masonry pursued to come up with the best solution for the intricate brick design.

The glazing is designed as an infill to the solid zones, often crossing the slab edge and then framed with the brick detailing.  An intricate pressed metal design with bespoke feature profiling and caps, brings to life a stick curtain wall system with a number of bespoke project bays adding architectural character.

The premium range of finishes and palette of colours have been carefully selected to ensure responsible supply chain sourcing and consistency across the project.

The Result

Scheduled for completion in 2021, this stunning design will remodel the existing 1970s building in this already prominent site on Kensington High Street. This dull corner is set to be transformed with this ingenious development providing a number of significant benefits to the townscape and the community.