Members of the community are working together to bring life to a road in North Kensington which runs below the Westway.

Residents have joined creative locals and business owners to start the design process for new spaces on Thorpe Close, the road under the Westway which connects Ladbroke Grove and Portobello Road.

More than 50 people have taken part in the sessions organised by Westway Trust and run by Studio TILT, a London-based design studio.

The aim is to take the road, which is currently not much more than a car park outside of market days, and turn it into a community asset that also encourages visitors to support the local shops and market stalls.

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The workshops are the result of £125,000 secured from the Mayor of London’s High Street Fund by Westway Trust.

Angela McConville , Westway Trust chief executive, said: “We knew there was huge potential to bring Thorpe Close to life but we haven’t gone into this process with a preconceived notion of what we’d end up with.

Workshop participants work with Studio TILT to develop their ideas

“The terrific mix of local creative professionals and residents were bubbling with ideas for supporting new businesses, gardens, performance spaces, workshops, and cafes and I can’t wait to see how the architects combine them all.”

During the two sessions Studio TILT asked residents a series of question on what they would like to see.

It will now take the community’s ideas and develop them into proposals for the semi-permanent spaces that will be built Thorpe Close and transform the space for years to come.