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Ebony Steelband at Notting Hill Carnival. Photo Credit Carl Gabriel

Steelpan inspires Notting Hill greening scheme


The origins of steelpan in discarded oil drums have inspired an environmental improvement scheme in Notting Hill.

George King Architects in collaboration with Grow2Know have won a London Festival of Architecture competition with their Re-green Notting Hill scheme. According to Architects’ Journal, George King will receive up to £100,000 from local council RBKC to create ‘pocket gardens’ from old industrial oil drums.

Colours and patterns inspired by Notting Hill Carnival and Portobello Market will feature. The containers are an explicit reference to the recycling and hammering of oil drums to create the raw ingredients for steelbands.

The project team says it will involve the community in the final design, including the choice of plants and garden layout. Grow2Know was a community response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy.


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