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Kensal House

A Grade II* Listed Building in Dalgarno, London

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Latitude: 51.525 / 51°31'29"N

Longitude: -0.2152 / 0°12'54"W

OS Eastings: 523913

OS Northings: 182184

OS Grid: TQ239821

Mapcode National: GBR BD.QD8

Mapcode Global: VHGQR.7X2T

Plus Code: 9C3XGQFM+XW

Entry Name: Kensal House

Listing Date: 19 March 1981

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1225244

English Heritage Legacy ID: 421529

ID on this website: 101225244

Location: Kensal Town, Kensington and Chelsea, London, W10

County: London

District: Kensington and Chelsea

Electoral Ward/Division: Dalgarno

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Kensington and Chelsea

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: St Thomas Kensal Road

Church of England Diocese: London

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This list entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 01/06/2018

TQ 2382 SE


Kensal House
Nos 1 to 68 (consec)



Linked blocks of flats. 1936-8. Architects: F Maxwell Fry and Grey Wornum. Reinforced concrete. Two neat parallel blocks, the west one L-shaped with the larger (north-south) arm gently curved. Housing plus a Day Nursery, the latter in a crescent-shaped building facing onto a sunken playground immediately west of the west block. Together they form 2 courtyards opening southwards towards the Great Western Railway line. Stucco. Flat-roofed with parapets. Uniform metal-framed casements. Glazed wooden doors with 4 plain transoms each, and cantilevered reinforced concrete slab hoods. 5 storeys, 6 where ground falls away to south; small attic superstructures in middle of each block.
East block has 12 bays (symmetrically arranged: 4-light casements in end bays, 5-light casements in 2 middle bays, otherwise 3-light casements). Cantilevered reinforced concrete slab porch at north end, and plain concrete balcony with steps down at south end; bridge linking it to a similar balcony along west block.
The basement of the east block contained community rooms including a hall with a stage at the south end (still in situ), snack bar and activity rooms.
West block has 6 bays in short arm (of which 2 are balcony bays), and 22 bays in long arm (also symmetrically arranged). Short arm has flat carriage arch to allow access to car park in north half of internal courtyard: the southern half is a garden.
West elevations of both blocks have 2 types of balcony, alternating with 2 bays of regular fenestration. One type is cantilevered reinforced concrete with flat hoods an plain concrete partitions. Other type is smaller, in antis, with perforated concrete balustrades: the latter type flank staircase bays.

Listing NGR: TQ2391382184

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