Capital & Counties has signalled a greater ambition for their Earls Court development, having submitted representation to the Mayor of London’s London Plan consultation showing how the site could accommodate up to 10,000 homes, more than already planned.
This comes as Capco say they have reached a significant set of milestones in the development of Earls Court with the completion of demolition, start of enabling works and the first new residents moving into their new homes at Lillie Square.
The demolition of the former exhibition centres to ground level is now complete, after nearly two years of intensive work on the site. Site preparation moves into a new phase with the arrival of the ‘Heavy Lifting Crane’, the largest crane ever used in London.
The former Earls Court Exhibition Centre site is being brought forward by Earls Court Partnership, the joint venture owned 63% by Capco and 37% by Transport for London (TfL).The current outline consent allows for up to 7500 homes.
The first new residents are now moving into their new homes at Lillie Square, the first chapter of the Earls Court Masterplan. The development of 808 homes – including 200 affordable homes that are under construction – has been designed around new garden squares designed by Andy Sturgeon, the winner of this year’s Chelsea Flower Show.
Speaking about the progress on the site, Gary Yardley, Chief Investment Officer, Capco said: “The demolition of the exhibition centres is complete and our first residents of Lillie Square can now call Earls Court home. We now move into a new chapter at Earls Court as the Heavy Lifting Crane is installed to allow the all-important site preparation work to take place. The progress and momentum continues and we look forward to working with our partners Transport for London and other stakeholders to discuss how the Masterplan can grow and evolve in line with London’s needs.”