Kelso Cochrane House

Kelso Cochrane House in Kensal Road is a part 7 and part 5 storey residential development in London.

The project comprises of demolition of the existing community centre and youth facility and then erection of the new part 7 storey, part 5 storey residential building with provision for 37 units.

The site will also include a new 488sqm community space as well as 345sqm or retail at ground floor street level. 

The Kensal Road development is named after Kelso Cochrane who was murdered in Notting Hill 64 years ago. Kelso’s life was tragically cut short when attacked and murdered by a gang of white youths in Notting Hill while on his way home on 17 May 1959. No-one was ever convicted of his murder and those responsible are still free.

175-177 Kensal Road is located in Kensal Green within the London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. It is bound to the north by Kensal Road, to the west by Bosworth Road, to the east by a public footpath and to the south it adjoins the Grade II listed Roman Catholic Church of our Lady of the Holy Souls, the Presbytery and the Church Hall.

Kelso Cochrane House recently won the ‘Best Affordable Development – less than £20m’ award at the Inside Housing Development Awards.

Kelso Cochrane’s Family welcomed the award and said:

“We would like to thank Inside Housing for awarding the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea the award for Best affordable housing development – less than £20m for Kelso Cochrane House. This delivery of affordable homes and community facilities and sustainability is very appropriate for this scheme. Kelso’s family is extremely grateful that the block was named after him in his memory. It really means a lot to us and is very much appreciated.

Kelso Cochrane was the victim of a racist murder in Notting Hill in 1959 which has never been solved. Our family’s fight for justice goes on. He was studying to become a lawyer, and coming from a poor working-class background in the West Indies we know he would have been a champion of the working class and those less fortunate in the community. 

He would have been proud to be associated with this community development. Therefore, we take the view that he would have been pleased to be associated with such a worthy cause. 

On his behalf we thank you and appreciate your kindness.”

Residential - Kelso Cochrane House
Kelso Cochrane House

Services
Architect & Lead Designer

Client
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Willmott Dixon Construction

Value
£17m

Innovations
Restrictive Easements/Covenants
Very Tight Urban Site
Planning Constraints/Restrictions
Adjoining Listed Church Buildings

Awards
Best Affordable Development – less than £20m

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