Blechynden Studios

When in the mid 1990's North Kensington City Challenge SRB was established to regenerate the deprived areas of North Kensington, temporary ACAVA studios in the old Talbot motor works in Barlby Road were rescheduled for demolition to make way for housing

ACAVA worked with the regeneration agency, the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, and the local grant making trust The Campden Charities to replace them. A derelict area which was creating problems for local people and with highly restrictive developmental potential, but suitable for artists' studios, was identified, With support from an Arts Council England lottery grant, Blechynden Studios, the first purpose designed studios built in London for many years, was completed in 1999 with workspace for 24 artists, ACAVA offices and a community studio.