The Nourish project

Works on 'The Nourish Project' sites suspended due to coronavirus

We’ve been working hard over the past six months to build new flood relief systems to make the Edward Woods and White City estates more sustainable and protect them against climate change. Following the coronavirus outbreak, the decision has been made to temporarily suspend works on sites to the green spaces on the White City and Edward Woods Estate from Friday 27 March.

Contractors are currently finishing off work and making the sites safe.

With most of the works complete there are only a few areas left to finish. To get this done as quickly as possible when work resumes, the site safety fencing will remain in place around the works areas in:

  • Hargraves House
  • Creighton Close
  • Cornwallis and Canning Houses
  • Edward Woods Car Park.

We’ll update you as soon as we can when works are likely to restart. The separate highways works on Bloemfontein Road will continue so that the road can be fully re-opened as quickly as possible to allow access for any emergency vehicles.

Find out more about highway improvements in Australia Road

Find out more about highway improvements in Bloemfontein Road

What is the Nourish project?

Nourish is a multi-pronged scheme to help residents be more resilient to food poverty and environmental deprivation.

It promotes community cohesion, greener living and the improvement of shared open spaces.

It comprises 3 distinct projects, two on the Edward Woods estate and two on the White City estate. Nourish will help with:

  • the development of green connections
  • enhancing the public realm and local environment
  • delivering facilities for residents to grow, cook and eat healthy food.

To deliver Nourish, Hammersmith & Fulham Council has invested £2.3million of funding, which is supported by a further £1.1million secured by the council from the Mayor of London’s Good Growth Fund.

Work on the project is already underway in White City.

Nourish on the Edward Woods Estate

The Nourish Hub

The Nourish Hub is a project to create a new community kitchen, that will be a space for local residents to gather but also work as a commercial kitchen, providing culinary training. It will be created by refurbishing a disused space on the ground floor of Swanscombe House, 1 St Ann's Road, W11 4SS. 

See location on Google map

The hub will be run by food charity, UK Harvest, and will provide opportunities for local people to come together to cook, eat and learn about how to eat more healthily. Healthy food will be cooked and served daily on a ‘pay as you feel’ basis. The hub will also offer learning and training opportunities to local people. To find out more about UK Harvest's future services, or to register your interests in getting involved, contact Ffion Hayward at

Design of the hub and the planning process

Public consultation events to explain plans for the Nourish Hub were held in April, May and November 2019. All were well attended and positively received.

Public consultation events to explain plans for the Nourish Hub were held in April, May and November 2019. All were well attended and positively received.

A planning application for the Nourish Hub was submitted in October 2019. This was an application to change the use of the space to accommodate community uses and to install a kitchen extract duct. The 21-day statutory consultation for the Change Of Use ended on 19 November 2019

To view the planning application, search for ref. 2019/03028/FUL on the planning application search page.

When will the Nourish Hub open?

We're hoping to appoint a contractor to refit and refurbish the Nourish Hub soon. However, in response to the challenging circumstances posed by Covid-19 outbreak, the council is in the process of reviewing the project programme to see how we can deliver the Nourish Hub safely in line with government guidance in the near future. We will keep you updated on any progress.

Edward Woods rain gardens project

We’ll be working with Groundwork London to deliver schemes to stop localised flooding. These rain gardens are also called ‘sustainable urban drainage’ schemes (SuDS).

The Nourish project will deliver various green infrastructure projects alongside the rain gardens to help climate-proof the estate by providing innovative flood risk management and improve air quality across the estate.

We’ll be working closely with residents on the estate to determine where and how many of these schemes are included. Groundwork London has been engaging with the community to help guide this.

Improving open spaces on Edward Woods estate  

Community consultation

At the end of 2019 Groundwork ran a series of engagement events to understand the types of green space improvements local people would like to see on the Estate. You provided lots of great suggestions from community growing beds, to biodiversity boosting sensory planting.

Your comments are crucial to help create a space that is tailored to your needs, which is why Groundwork have taken the suggestions and developed some ideas for improving spaces outside Norland House, Boxmoor House and Swanscombe Rd. 

Have your say on green space improvements by 31 May  

We know that at this difficult time it is not suitable to run face-to-face engagement events. That’s why Groundwork have created an online survey so you can feedback on our design suggestions – which range from rain gardens, to food growing, to enhanced planting and biodiversity. 

Please complete the online survey at  

The deadline for comments is 31 May 2020.

Nourish on the White City Estate

White City rain gardens project

Groundwork London is delivering 3 phases of SuDs projects on White City estates to improve climate resilience and air quality, as well as to enhance green spaces.

More information about the Nourish SuDs projects 

Further information

If you have any queries about the Nourish project please contact us.

Farrah Rossi, Planning Projects Manager
07917 235364

Celine Mionnet, Project Manager
07841 019772

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