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KPF submits plans to revamp Empress State building

KPF has submitted plans for the conversion of the 117m-tall Empress State building in Fulham, West London into flats

The scheme, which is at the heart of Farrells’ Earl’s Court 7,500-home masterplan, is for developer Capital & Counties (Capco) and involves turning the tricorn-shaped tower into 340 one, two and three bedroom flats.

Currently used by the Metropolitan Police, the tower was built in 1961 to a design by Stone, Toms & Partners. The original 100m-tall building was converted by Wilkinson Eyre in 2003 when three storeys of a stepped-back glass were added to the roof.

Under plans submitted by consultants DB9, which require permission from Hammersmith & Fulham for change of use, the building will be stripped of its brise-soleil on the southern façade and the façade line ‘pushed back to reduce the floor plate depth and to create a continuous horizontal balcony’.

The scheme also proposes to re-clad all the facades in anodised bronze, a material DB9 describes as having a ‘warmer’ more ‘residential feel’  which will also improve the thermal performance of the building.

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