Description of The Kensington
The Kensington is a mixed-use development on Kensington High Street in London W8.
Redevelopment of the Kensington Odeon cinema building, Post Office sorting house, and Whitlock House.
- New 887-seat cinema (including 12 wheelchair accessible seats) with six screens
accessed from Kensington High Street; The lobby will include a café, snack counter and bar with lifts and stairs taking customers down to the auditorium at basement level;
- Restored historic façade;
- 106 residential units, including 35 on-site affordable units for elderly people;
- Modern offices and retail space.
The development includes 71 private and 35 affordable homes:
- 1 bedroom 16 private, 29 affordable;
- 2 bedroom 22 private, 6 affordable;
- 3 bedroom 23 private;
- 4 bedroom 10 private.
The affordable units will be accessible from Earls Court Road.
- Exclusive spa, pool and leisure facilities;
- Secure underground residential parking spaces for private apartments;
- Cycle storage.
Office & Retail
- 733m2 of office floorspace;
- 590m2 of flexible retail and leisure space (Use Classes A1, A2, A3, A4, D1 and D2).
The site is located on the south side of Kensington High Street, with frontage onto Pembroke Place to the south, and the western side of Earl's Court Road.
2019 - Demolition work led by John F Hunt restarted on the site in January 2019.
2018 - Lodha Group acquires the development from Delancey.
2017 February - main structural demolition works by John F Hunt to the former Odeon cinema building. Programmed to take approximately 12 weeks.
Before demolition, the site comprised a cinema built in 1926, a post office sorting office and an office building.