The Future of Earl's Court | ECDC Development Plans

The Future of Earl's Court | ECDC Development Plans

Exciting news for our community! The Earls Court Development Company (ECDC) has unveiled the initial visuals of the proposed blocks set to transform the landscape of our beloved corner of Kensington and Chelsea. Collaborating with renowned architectural firms like Maccreanor Lavington, Sheppard Robson, Serie, DRMM, ACME, and Haworth Tompkins, the Earl's Court Development Company aims to breathe new life into this iconic area in Earl's Court.

This reveal follows the recent introduction of a revised masterplan for the vast 17.4-hectare former exhibition center plot, under the guidance of Hawkins\Brown and Studio Egret West. The updated plan boasts a 20% increase in open space and a 10% reduction in development, showcasing the developer's commitment to creating a harmonious blend of modernity and tradition.

Phase one of the £8.5 billion project encompasses 1,000 homes, a cultural hub, office spaces, and extensive public realms. Among the highlights is a striking 42-storey skyscraper by Sheppard Robson, poised to become a landmark on the London skyline. This tower, surpassing the height of the iconic Empress State Building, signifies a bold step towards the future while honoring the area's rich heritage.

Notably, the development spans the borders of Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea, presenting a collaborative effort to enrich both boroughs. In Kensington & Chelsea, Haworth Tompkins and Maccreanor Lavington are spearheading residential projects alongside a vibrant cultural offering.

Each architectural endeavor embodies a unique vision, from Sheppard Robson's innovative petal plan to Serie Architects' emphasis on communal living spaces with panoramic views. Moreover, sustainability lies at the heart of this transformation, with plans for a cutting-edge heat network that will significantly reduce carbon emissions.

The Earls Court Partnership Limited, comprising Delancey, APG, and Transport for London, is driving this ambitious initiative, with a hybrid planning application slated for submission later this year. While the first phase is set to commence in 2026, the anticipation and excitement within our community continue to grow.

As proud residents of Kensington and Chelsea, we eagerly await the realisation of this visionary project, poised to redefine the essence of Earl's Court for generations to come. Stay tuned for more updates on this transformative journey! 

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