Capital & Counties have confirmed that they are in talks to potentially sell the Empress State building at Earls Court to the Mayor of London’s office.
The building is occupied by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC), although Capco have an extant permission to convert it to residential use as 340 flats.
A statement from Capco said: “Capco notes recent press speculation and confirms that it is in discussions with The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime in relation to its occupational requirements at the Empress State Building. Options under consideration include a lease extension and the acquisition by MOPAC of the freehold interest in the building. At this stage there is no certainty that any transaction will be agreed. Further announcements will be made in due course as appropriate.”
Capco has faced difficulties on the massive scheme since the economic crash, and resistance from both Hammersmith & Fulham Council, and the residents of the West Ken and Gibbs Green estates, which it wants to demolish and replace.