London mayor approves Farrell’s £8bn Earls Court vision
London mayor Boris Johnson has rubber-stamped Terry Farrell’s £8 billion masterplan for the regeneration of Earls Court in west London
The plans for the 32 hectare site will see the development of more than 6,700 homes and infrastructure and public realm improvements over a 20-year construction period, reported sister title Construction News.
The EC Properties project, designed by architects Terry Farrell and Partners, was passed to the Mayor for his consideration after being given the go-ahead by both Kensington & Chelsea Council and Hammersmith & Fulham Council last year.
Practices working on the masterplan include Allies and Morrison, Chris Dyson Architects, Benoy, KPF, Make, John McAslan + Partners, Patel Taylor Architects, Paul Davis + Partners, and Studio Egret West.
The scheme will see development for residential, commercial and retail use, including new offices, hotels, a new school, health centre, sports and leisure facilities, a new park and public squares.
It will also deliver a range of improvements to public transport links, including at Earls Court, West Kensington and West Brompton tube stations.
Johnson, said: ‘I’m in no doubt that the development proposed for Earls Court and West Kensington will provide a massive boost not just to this part of the capital, but to London’s wider economy as well. It is a landmark project that will deliver much needed jobs, new homes and improved infrastructure and will make this strategically important part of the capital an even better to place to live, work and visit.
‘I am acutely aware of the concerns that some residents affected by the project have but I’m reassured by the measures being taken by both councils and the developer to make sure the needs of local people are properly addressed. Having weighed up all of the considerations I’m of the firm view that this is a project that will deliver huge benefits to the area and beyond for years to come.’