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Acklam Square

Opening up the public realm

The publicly accessible, pedestrianised space between Portobello Road and Acklam Road is one of the most heavily utilised spaces on the Westway estate. Not only does the space host the hugely popular Acklam Food Market every week on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, it also accommodates the popular Acklam Village Market bar/entertainment venue, and spaces for community gatherings, celebrations and events. 


For many years, this space has been dissected by hoardings, which were originally installed as a temporary measure to protect pedestrians from the uneven surface of the space.

A part of the Community Street project, Westway Trust is now embarking on the long-anticipated project to re-level and open up this important public space. Once the re-levelling work has been completed, all hoarding will be removed, and the entire Acklam Square will be opened up as North Kensington's newest public realm.

Work will commence in late February 2024, and will be completed in four phases. Each phase will require the affected area to be hoarded off for a period of approximately four-five weeks. Works have been planned to allow minimal disruption to the market, local businesses and residents, and to maintain pedestrian access between Portobello and Acklam roads at all times.

Phase one: 

The area in front of 'Bay 55', which is currently used as market storage, and access to the brand new Acklam Public toilets (to be opened to the public following these works).


Phase two: 

The area in front of 'Bay 58', which is occupied by Acklam Village Market, and is used as a bar and live music venue.


Phase three: 

The area in front of 'Bay 57', which is an 'open bay' (without a façade). This bay is currently used Friday-Sunday by Acklam Village Market.


Phase four: 

The area in front of 'Bay 56', which is currently occupied by Once Voice Community Collective.


For further information, please contact us at, or visit Westway Trust at 1 Thorpe Close, W10 5XL.

Westway Community Street

Project Timeline

View the project timeline

Elements of the Community Street

We will work with the community to develop a vision for the Community Street and explore a range of improvements including those listed below. We have a fixed budget for the first phase of the Community Street and through the co-design and design phase will agree priorities to be delivered in the next 18 months

A range of air quality improvement interventions including green infrastructure. We will also work in partnership with Universities to trial new and innovative solutions to poor air quality.

Illumination and animation across the mile long estate including Feature/artistic lighting. A specific focus on areas which feel unsafe and unloved to create distinctive and interesting light features.

Better integration of Portobello Green Arcade, Portobello Green, Thorpe Close and the Market Canopy resulting in a better trading and visitor experience.

The Community Street will consist of:

Refurbishment of public toilets on Acklam Road – to provide facilities for market traders, visitors and those attending events in Acklam Village

Refurbishment of Portobello Green Arcade

Locally commissioned artwork on the walls and on the motorway pillars along the Westway estate which celebrate local heritage and culture

New street furniture and signage along the estate

As part of our commitment to place the community at the centre of everything we do, we hosted a series of briefings in early March 2021 to update stakeholders on the current work of the Trust and specifically to discuss the Community Street Project and to hear and take on board your feedback.

You can also watch a recording of one of the online events here.

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View the interactive map of the Westway Estate

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Upgrade to Portobello Green Arcade

Upgades to Bramleys Big Adventure

New public toilets in Acklam Village

Improved public realm, including Portobello Green

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