7 June 2021

Empress Place and Seven Stars

Since we bought the site from the previous owners, we have been hard at work, whether that has been returning the West Kensington and Gibbs Green Estates to Hammersmith and Fulham Council, bringing forward our consented proposals for 51 new homes at 344-350 Old Brompton Road or working with world leading live entertainment company Underbelly to bring ‘The London Wonderground’, and with it, a summer of fun to Earls Court.

But we want to do more

When we took ownership of the site, we inherited a number of buildings and spaces that had been empty and unused for a long time and that weren’t adding anything to the local community.

Now we’re going to change that

We are working with a property management company LOWE Guardians to repair and refurbish properties under our ownership at the Seven Stars on North End Road in West Kensington and Empress Place, located a two minute walk from West Brompton Station. The buildings will be occupied by property guardians, who will benefit from a significant discount from market rent, with rooms for rent starting at just £550 per month including all bills and a weekly cleaner.

This has been an incredibly difficult year for so many, but in particular those key workers who have kept us going throughout the uncertainty of the unfolding pandemic. That is why we are prioritising key workers as a small way of giving back and are calling on NHS, care staff, teachers, and other key workers to come forward.

Work is already well underway and residents have slowly started moving in to the Seven Stars. We will also bring the 20+ empty homes on the west side of Empress Place back into use after over five years of laying vacant. We are also exploring the potential for the homes on the eastern side of the road to be brought back into community use, providing affordable workspace for local businesses.

We expect the homes at Empress Place to be occupied before the opening of London Wonderground in July and as part of our summer of fun at Earls Court we will also activate and dress Empress Place to provide an attractive gateway to the event site, which could include closing the street to traffic.

How to get involved

The rooms and properties are available to single individuals or couples aged 21 and over and in full time employment with a minimum salary of £15,000.

The remaining five rooms at Seven Stars will be reserved for key workers and while we will give priority to key workers with a local connection at Empress Place, we also encourage applications from architects, urban designers, environmental professionals, and planners at the start of their career.

If you would like to enquire about one of the properties at Seven Stars or Empress Place, please register with LOWE Guardians and we encourage you to also get in touch with ECDC directly at info@theearlscourtdevelopmentcompany.com