Kensington & Chelsea College, London

The College previously occupied the adjacent Grade II listed Sloane Building on Hortensia Road, an early board school of 1910.  Two sites, north and south of the Sloane Building, once playgrounds of the original school, offered the opportunity for a classic enabling project.  The site to the north has been developed for apartments facing Fulham Road (see Chelsea Apartments, Hortensia Road). The site to the south (a former car-park) has been developed to provide the new Hortensia Centre for Kensington & Chelsea College, and the Sloane Building in between is to be redeveloped for loft apartments.

The new college is a dense sculptural composition built in red brick with stone dressings to match the majority of buildings on Hortensia Road.  The interior is characterised by a dramatic directional staircase connecting the upper floors of the building to the entrance and the social spaces on the ground floor – the library, a multi-purpose hall, and a café overlooking the street.