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KPF's Covent Garden scheme gets go-ahead

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KPF’s King’s Court and Carriage Hall scheme for Capital & Counties Properties (Capco) has been given the green light by Westminster City Council

The scheme in the heart of Covent Garden includes a new pedestrian passageway connecting Long Acre and King Street, a new public courtyard, new retail units, a restaurant and 45 residential flats.

As part of the project the Grade II-listed Carriage Hall building on the western end of Floral Street will be converted into a new flagship store complete with a covered courtyard.

KPF Design Principal Brian Girard said: ‘The key to the project has been finding the balance between old and new. We wanted to build on the character of Covent Garden, creating a sense of theatricality and excitement within a special place of great historic and cultural significance.’

The news comes a week after KPF submitted plans for another Capco scheme; the conversion of the 117m-tall Empress State building in Fulham, West London into flats (AJ 03.01.14).

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

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