Ballymore and Sainsbury’s canalside scheme in north Kensington promises 2,800 homes and a new town centre

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Looking west across the existing site, with the canal dividing it from Kensal Green Cemetery to the north

Faulkner Browns has been appointed to masterplan a major redevelopment in Ladbroke Grove that will see 2,800 homes and a “town centre” built beside the Grand Union Canal.

The west London project is a joint venture by Sainsbury’s and developer Ballymore to bring forward the brownfield site which is partly occupied by a supermarket.

Hutchinson & Partners has been picked to design a new 130,000 sq ft Sainsbury’s store with flats above, while Maccreanor Lavington is designing the canal-front plot 04.

The scheme, which is in the heart of a zone earmarked for growth by Kensington & Chelsea council, will also include public spaces and leisure and culture activities.

The agreement is split 60/40 in favour of Ballymore, with the existing supermarket to remain trading throughout the development.

Ballymore said the scheme, which is set to deliver half of the Kensal Canalside Opportunity Area’s housing target, marked the last major brownfield development opportunity in the borough.

Patrick Dunne, property director at Sainsbury’s, said the agreement was the result of many years of hard work and commitment, and “represents a momentous opportunity to deliver an exciting new vision for Ladbroke Grove”.

Sean Mulryan, chairman and group chief executive of Ballymore, said the firm had begun community consultation. “We are pleased to be a step closer to submitting an application and realising our ambitions of a mixed-use scheme that will transform the area,” he added.