Students Capture Local Heritage For Inspiring Community Project

Giane Telles

Budding designers from Kensington and Chelsea College have created their very own piece of local history for an inspiring project that brought a West London community together.

The talented team of design students helped redevelop the area surrounding Golborne Bridge– a prominent local landmark in North Kensington – as part of the Golborne Heritage Corner Bridge Project

The project, led by professional designer Toby Laurent Belson in conjunction with the North Kensington Community and Transport for London, saw students design and make a range of tiles to capture the cultural diversity and rich history of the Golborne area. The tiles were used to form steps leading on to Golborne Bridge.

With the final tile laid, the project has helped transform the area into a cultural focal point for the local community.

To celebrate its completion a special community launch and project exhibition is taking place on Monday 2nd June at the Goldfinger Factory, Trellick Tower, 13-15 Golborne Road. A Private View will also take place on the day between 5pm-7pm, offering guests the chance to meet students and other leading partners involved with the project.

The College’s Graphic Design students have also produced a special celebratory catalogue for the exhibition. The students involved with designing and making the tiles for the project were from the College’s Ceramics, Interior Design, Graphic Design, Jewellery and Glass courses

Lisa Marklew, Head of Design at Kensington and Chelsea College said: “The students brought the project to life, and in doing so have created their own piece of history which will remain as a focal point in the local community for years to come. Each tile created to decorate the space by the bridge is unique, and a representation and celebration of the vibrant culture and history that runs through the vein of our community.”

Kensington and Chelsea College is offering a range of short Art & Design courses as part of its popular Summer School Programme.

Photo credit: Zute Lightfoot