Spatial Dimensions appointed on Grenfell regeneration project.

February 16, 2021

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) has appointed Spatial Dimensions to provide geospatial surveys of the Lancaster West Estate.

The data will enable the design teams, working closely with the residents, to develop detailed designs for a £58 million regeneration of the estate, which was devastated by the Grenfell fire.
Grenfell estate regeneration

After the fire in June 2017, which claimed the lives of 72 people, the government promised the Grenfell regeneration project would turn the surrounding estate into “a model social housing estate for the 21st century”.

At the start of 2020, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council went out to tender for a multidisciplinary team to deliver what it called a “once in a generation” upgrade.

The co-design project at the Lancaster West Estate saw 40 residents help the Council select the architecture firms to make up the design team: Karakusevic CarsonPenoyre & Prasad, and ECD Architects. Each architect will be responsible for different parts of the 1960s estate, which with more than 700 homes spread across almost 10 hectares (24.7 acres), is the biggest in Kensington & Chelsea.

The planned regeneration works have been divided into six lots and include the external refurbishment of the blocks, upgrading of the internal communal areas and works within individual flats, such as new bathrooms and kitchens that meet the standards agreed by the residents. High on the priority list will be replacing district heating systems and installing new windows.

Spatial Dimensions commenced work in November 2020 and have been providing topographical and measured building survey data across the entire estate. This data will ultimately be translated into an accurate 3D BIM model, to aid the design team’s regeneration of the area.

Last summer, RBKC increased the amount of local council funding for the scheme to £27.9 million. With the addition committed by central government, took the overall budget up to £57.9 million.

Claire Fenwick, Managing Director at Spatial Dimensions, commented “We are delighted to have been trusted by the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea to deliver our part in the Grenfell regeneration project”.

“The first two lots have been completed on time and we look forward to continuing our close work with both the council and the appointed Architect teams, to deliver high quality survey information and aiding this hugely significant regeneration project.”

The inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire is ongoing.

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