Welcome to our website which provides information on our proposals for the development of Heythrop College, Kensington Square.

This website contains information on the proposals and will be updated as the project evolves.

Following three rounds of exhibitions in Autumn 2017 and Summer 2018, proposals are being prepared for the Heythrop College site. 

A planning application was previously submitted for the development of Heythrop College, Kensington, however after receiving further feedback the decision was made to amend the scheme in order to capture feedback and comments from the council and local community. 

To download a copy of the latest proposals displayed at the public exhibition in July 2018, please click here.

To provide your thoughts and comments on the proposals, please click here to complete our feedback form. 

Our team

Westbourne Capital Partners Limited

(the Developer)

are experts in residential and extra-care developments.


Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF)

(the Architect)

is an architectural practice specialising in residential buildings with extensive experience in London and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
View some of KPF’s previous work by clicking here


Andy Sturgeon

(the Landscape Architect)

are appointed to design the landscaping. Twice voted one of the top 10 garden designers in the UK and winner of numerous awards including 7 Gold Medals and twice Best in Show at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Andy Sturgeon blends strong design, natural materials and innovative planting to create bold, architectural and timeless landscapes.
View some of Andy Sturgeon’s previous work by clicking here


Other professional teams

The team includes a range of disciplines including dedicated experts in planning, heritage, transport and engineering.

The Site


Our vision is to create an inclusive, comprehensive development for those later in life; a place where residents can actively live and enjoy their later years, surrounded by like-minded people.

The Heythrop site was identified for development by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) which, following public consultation, was adopted in May 2016.

To view a copy of the Council’s adopted SPD, please click here.

The SPD’s principal objectives are:

  • To retain a social and community use and a good mix of uses in the area

  • To preserve the tranquil and picturesque nature of the site

  • To maintain a high quality green space on the site

  • To preserve and enhance the character, appearance and setting of the heritage assets

Other important aspects of the SPD include:

  • Any new development needs to prove it does not significantly impact on local traffic and parking

  • Building heights should not exceed nine storeys and taller buildings should be located to the west of the site

To inform our ideas, we studied the SPD and the comments from the public consultation.

Preserving Heritage

The Kensington Square Conservation Area was one of the first in the country and the second to be recognised by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. As an important heritage asset for Kensington, we have taken time to understand the unique character of the area and our vision aims to respect its magnificent heritage.

The land that Kensington Square now occupies was acquired in 1682 by Thomas Young, builder and joiner to Charles II. Kensington Square is the sixth oldest square in London, with the buildings forming the square completed around 1700.

In 1859, the convent of Maria Assumpta moved into 23 Kensington Square and the site was used as gardens and the grounds of the Maria Assumpta Chapel and College Building which were constructed in 1870-71.

Heythrop College has occupied this site since 1993. First established in Louvain by the Society of Jesus in 1614, the college specialises in the teaching of philosophy and theology and has been a constituent college of the University of London since 1840. Following a decline in student numbers the college has decided to leave the site in November 2018.



Our proposals

To download a copy of the latest proposals displayed at the public exhibition in July 2018, please click here.

To provide your thoughts and comments on the proposals, please click here to complete our feedback form. 

To download a copy of the latest construction handout, please click here.

Summary of proposals

• 148 Extra Care units
• Supporting medical and residential facilities for the Extra Care units
• Three Listed townhouses at Kensington Square returned to three residential units
• A new community hall, available for the local community to use
• A carer and nursing training facility, run by Draycott, for the public 
• A landscaped deck built over the railway line, providing visual and acoustic benefits for neighbours and creating additional space to be used partially for public realm

Responding to feedback

Following the withdrawal of our previous application, the principles of the revised scheme remain unchanged. Throughout the development of our proposals we have worked hard to consider feedback from the community, stakeholders and RBKC. A summary of our key changes since our last exhibition include:

• Significant reduction in building height, massing and bulk
• Approximately 25% reduction in basement size
• Changes to the design of the proposals to further respect neighbouring architecture and heritage assets
• Revisions to the layout of the site to improve permeability and create larger central public realm
• Reduction in construction traffic and programme
• Relocation of the carers training college and other uses to a make more cohesive development
• Improvements to the massing and treatment of the buildings adjacent to South End and South End Row
• Better efficiency of buildings and layout
• Additional listed townhouse (24 Kensington Square) returned to residential use
• Deck level change resulting in lowered height of the buildings at their tallest point by 1.5m
• Removal of building bridge across the entrance to South End
• Massing stepping down towards access to the site
• Retention and addition of high quality trees to the site

The proposed extra-care facility would provide state-of-the-art healthcare. There is a growing need and demand for extra-care facilities given our ageing population. We recognise that while residents will downsize in later life, many will wish to remain living within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and we have an opportunity to address this need.

Draycott Nursing & Care, a business established and head-quartered on Kensington High Street, are the proposed operators of the extra-care facility and care college.

Established in 1996 by Angela Hamlin, former Deputy Matron of the King Edward VII’s Hospital for Officers, Draycott Nursing & Care is a highly respected, bespoke care provider. They provide 24/7 nursing and domiciliary care within the home environment to the elderly and those who may be recovering from an operation or accident, or require end of life care.

Draycott’s traditional values and high standards of care are why they are repeatedly recommended by private GPs across London and why they have been selected to provide our future residents with the best possible care.



Landscaping is central to our proposals responding to a key aspiration of the SPD, to deliver new high-quality landscaped public realm.

We have appointed award winning landscape architects Andy Sturgeon to maximise the amount of green space and public realm by creating a network interconnected of gardens orientated around a central square. These spaces include a mix of planting and take inspiration from Kensington Square, as well as from London’s other great green spaces.

Opening access to new green spaces, with a mix of soft and hard landscaping, the proposals seek to contribute to the character of the area and enhance the site’s green open space.

The proposals also include roof gardens to provide amenity space for residents and contribute to the overall biodiversity of the area.

In coordination with Transport for London, the plans will introduce a new deck over a section of the railway line adjacent to the site. The deck will create new space that will be used as public realm and will also be part occupied by the new buildings enabling a more efficient and considerate layout across the site and potential future access. The deck will also provide other benefits to residents through enhanced visual amenity and noise mitigation.

Design and architecture

The new development will be designed to make a positive contribution to the townscape, responding appropriately to the character of the surrounding area.

The proposals use a variety of heights ranging from a one storey pavilion building to eight storeys at the west of the site, as outlined in the SPD. The proposals have been further enhanced to take greater consideration of the existing heritage buildings on site. Storey heights and materials have been designed to respect these buildings whilst also meeting the requirements of the internal Extra Care uses.

To ensure a positive relationship between the new buildings and the listed buildings, we would refurbish, retain and enhance the buildings fronting onto Kensington Square as part of the proposals.

The design team have worked closely with stakeholders and heritage experts to select a palette of materials which will harmonise with the listed buildings and local architectural vernacular, such as brick, stone and roof shingles.


The site is well connected to public transport with Kensington High Street Underground Station in close proximity and a number of bus routes close by.

One of our key aspirations is to improve integration of the site with the local area whilst providing better public access to the new public realm. Proposed access will provide for:

• South End: maintained as main access for vehicles and pedestrians

• Kensington Square: day time pedestrian access proposed through the building frontages

The layout has also been amended to enable future connections through the site, including the potential for access over the railway..

Extra-care is a low traffic generating use compared to other potential uses for the site such as a school. 27 car parking spaces will be provided (incl. 20 disabled accessible spaces) within a basement car park. Residents will not be eligible to apply for an on-street parking permit.

Servicing and deliveries will take place within the site. All deliveries will take place within an enclosed service yard. Deliveries will be managed to minimise disturbance.

Safe and secure cycle parking will be provided for staff and residents. Given the excellent accessibility of the site, it is expected that the majority of trips will be made by sustainable modes of transport.



We are committed to working with the local community as we deliver this important site. 

We have carried out over 80 hours of consultation and will continue to meet with local groups and stakeholders to discuss our proposals. In October and December 2017 as well as July 2018 we held public exhibitions at Richmond University to display our plans and give our neighbours the opportunity to meet the project team and provide their feedback.

To download a copy of the latest proposals displayed at the public exhibition in July 2018, please click here.

To provide your thoughts and comments on the proposals, please click here to complete our feedback form. 

We will be reviewing all feedback received ahead of submitting a planning application later this year. We will continue to meet with stakeholders and the community as our plans progress.

Please sign up to our mailing list to receive updates through email.

If you have any questions or would like to meet with the team please do not hesitate to contact us using the details at the bottom of this page.

We will continue to meet with neighbours and stakeholders to gather feedback on our proposals. If you are an interested neighbour or a member of a local group and would like to discuss the plans with a member of the project team, please contact us on the details below.



We understand the impact of construction on our neighbours and as a responsible developer we are giving careful consideration to those living and working close to the site to protect neighbouring amenity during the construction of the development.

We want to work with our neighbours and have appointed construction logistics experts to produce a Construction Traffic Management Plan (CTMP) and Demolition Traffic Management Plan (DTMP) - details of these plans are included below. The works will take into consideration the guidance from the Code of Construction Practice published by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in April 2016.

Working Hours: Working hours will be agreed with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in consultation with Transport for London and the community. Guidance for permitted hours are typically 8am-6pm Monday to Friday. Works outside of these hours will require advance permissions from RBKC.

Dust and noise monitoring: Equipment will be set up at key locations across the site to monitor noise and dust. Works that exceed noise limits will be halted and dust suppression will be controlled through damping down and screening.

Neighbourhood engagement: We are committed to working with our neighbours throughout construction. We will establish ongoing communications including newsletters and neighbourhood meetings, giving the community the opportunity to meet with the construction team.

Supporting local communities: We will support the communities where we work by providing local employment opportunities, apprenticeships and training schemes. We believe it’s essential to pass on our skills and expertise to the next generation.

Working with other developments locally: We will identify and work with other development sites locally to ensure that a joint up and well managed approach is taken to development locally.

Considerate Constructors Scheme: The site will sign up to the Considerate Constructors Scheme. A national initiative set up by the Construction Industry to improve its image and implement a code designed to encourage best practice beyond statutory requirements.

Construction Traffic Management Plan & Demolition Traffic Management Plan

Following consultation with RBKC and  at the public exhibitions and at the Near Neighbours Meeting, we are preparing the draft Construction Traffic Management Plan (CTMP) and Demolition Traffic Management Plan (DTMP) for our site.

The proposed traffic route to the site has been selected to minimise impact on surrounding roads and provide the most direct route to the site:

Kensington High Street → Victoria Road → St.Albans Grove → South End → Heythrop

Parking suspensions: A swept path analysis has been undertaken using construction vehicles to evaluate access to the site. The study found using narrow vehicles will minimise the need for parking suspensions. The current proposals would seek to suspension of five spaces (1 - Victoria Road, 2 - St Albans Grove and 2 on South End).

Road and access management
Site deliveries will take place between 9.30am and 3pm Monday to Friday during school term times. No deliveries will take place out of hours without prior permission from RBKC. Full time trained Traffic Marshals will be posted at the sit access and along the agreed route. These marshals will be used to give safe direction of school children, pedestrians, vulnerable users and other road users passing along the vehicle routes. All vehicles visiting the site will be controlled to ensure that all movements, loading/unloading are carried out safely.

For more information about construction traffic management, please click here.

The CTMP and DTMP will be submitted as part of the planning application and will outline proposed access and construction vehicle management.

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08081 644 576

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26 Noel Street