12 March 2021

Structural repair works to commence on site

The Earls Court Development Company (ECDC) have been listening carefully to the feedback received from the many conversations we have had with our neighbours over the past 12 months. We have heard your ambitions to see parts of this long-closed Earls Court site opened again for public use loud and clear. Now that the Government has confirmed the route map out of current Lockdown restrictions, we are excited to be working on proposals to enliven different parts of the site this year.

The area of the site on Warwick Road (see image) is a key priority for us to open. However, there are various constraints including weight restrictions (due to the tube lines underground), level changes and other critical works required to prepare the site for public use. We have now received the necessary permissions from the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and Transport for London for the repair works to go ahead, as below:

Phase 1: Site enabling works including trial holes, drainage repairs and surface works to allow a short diversion for pedestrians to take place, starting week commencing 15 March

Phase 2: Pedestrian route diversion and main cantilever works to start in the week commencing 29 March (subject to further approvals), with an estimated completion around end May

Phase 3: Main beam waterproofing works anticipated start to start week commencing 7 April, estimated completion end May.

Phase 4: Further works and planning approvals to make the site safe for public use

The works will take place Monday - Friday between 8am and 6pm and our contractors aim to mitigate any noise implications, in line with RBKC’s Environmental Health conditions. Whilst there will be a short diversion, pedestrian access along Warwick Road will be maintained at all times, and the crossing will remain open.

We are working on a plan towards a phased reopening of part of this area and we will soon be reaching out to the local community to hear your ideas on how this space can be used. Our engagement process will involve working with residents’, amenity societies as well as with those who live and work in the wider area. We will be posting further details via our social media accounts, website and our forthcoming local newsletter which will be distributed to local households and businesses, and digitally.

A planning application for temporary use of the site will be submitted to the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea in due course. If you would like to understand more about these upcoming works or have initial thoughts about activating the space, please do not hesitate to contact us via phone 0330 333 1510 or email info@theearlscourtdevelopmentcompany.com