Rebel Business School

A refurbishment of a four storey end-of-terrace building with a fascinating civic history to host the Rebel Business School, a social enterprise piloting free and alternative business education to young entrepreneurs.

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DK-CM’s proposal reconfigures the building to host a variety of community learning, seminar, workspace and broadcasting uses, all of which are programmed and hosted by the Rebel Business School as tenants of the City of Westminster, who have owned the building since the 1960s. The project mixes commercial, civic and domestic languages to make a homely, civic-minded institution which is at home in its Harrow Road high street context.


DK-CM were appointed in by Westminster City Council in 2019 to develop proposals for the refurbishment of 470 Harrow Road, which has been in council ownership for many years.

The building sits adjacent to the Elgin estate which during the 1970s played a pivotal role in the history of squatter’s rights in the UK. During its history of council ownership, 470 Harrow Road housed offices, a drug rehabilitation centre, and at one stage planned to have one of the first council-run LGBTQ+ nightclubs in its basement.


  • Client: Westminster City Council
  • Dates: 2019-23
  • Collaborators: In the Shade of a Tree, Built Engineers, Robert Lombardelli Partnership and Rooff Construction.
  • Photography: Neil Perry
  • Status: Completed

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Working views of the Rebel Business School

DK-CM produces all of our imagery in-house. Here are some images produced as part of the development of our designs for 470 Harrow Road.

Imagined aerial view showing the ‘front room’ lecture space visible from Harrow Road.
470 Harrow Road by DK-CM
Elevational study used to develop the shopfront design
Process view of the ‘front room’ lecture space
The rear extension in use for a gathering