What's Happening on Site

What's Happening on Site

London Design Festival comes to Earl’s Court with Sam Jacob

We are delighted to collaborate with leading architect Sam Jacob and London Design Festival on ‘20 Things Around Earl’s Court’, a curated journey through Earl’s Court that showcases how design and place are seamlessly interlinked.

Location: Starting at Earl’s Court station, 38 Warwick Rd, London SW5 9UB
Curated by: Sam Jacob Studio

Micro and macro, witty and moving, hidden and visible, ‘20 Things’ celebrates the fact that design is everywhere. Sam Jacob curates a journey through Earl’s Court – a London neighbourhood that showcases how design and place are seamlessly interlinked.

Earl’s Court is an area that designer Sam Jacob is not familiar with, but when he took time to explore the area, he saw it was a real slice through the city – from housing estates and international supermarkets to a range of communities, defining transport links and everything in between. Find links to David Bowie, Pink Flloyd and more in this area of innovation, entertainment and achievement. “It’s a guide, but not a traditional guide,” he says of his 20 Things.

If you want to take part in the self-guided tour, the 20 Things Map can be downloaded here.

Empress Studios, Empress Place

We are working with This is Projekt to turn six derelict Victorian Townhouses on Empress Place into 8,500 sq ft of workspace for creatives and innovators, who live and/or work in Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea.

Planning permission has been granted for upwards of 30 new spaces, that will be created to provide affordable studio and office spaces supporting the arts and science industries. See more here.

The first tenants started moving into Empress Studios in May.

Community Hub 

We have refurbished the former replacement homes ensuite along Aisgill Avenue into a Community Hub. Opened in June 2022, The Hub is a flexible space designed to be run by and for the local residents There are a range of activities and classes running throughout the week for people of all ages. See more information here.

If you are interested in using this space, or would like to know more about future classes/ courses at the Hub please email us at: hub@earlscourtdevco.com

Stars of Earl's Court, Warwick Road Apron

​This July ECDC opened up part of the site on Warwick Road, where the former entrance to the Exhibition Centre used to be. This temporary space is currently hosting the art installation ‘Stars of Earl's Court’, created in partnership with the Kensington + Chelsea Festival. Stars of Earl’s Court’ by Azarra Amoy comprises a huge 39-metre mural celebrating artists, past and present, who lived and worked in the area. 

​More information on the installation can be found here. ​

COMING SOON: Immersive theatre to the former Mannequin Factory

We have recently announced plans to create a temporary visionary immersive theatre in the former Mannequin Factory located in West Kensington. The theatre, operated by The Lost Estate, tells the greatest stories ever told through a fantastical fusion of immersive sets, world-class performances, themed food and drink. It will also give back to the local community, with free tickets, job opportunities, co-working space for local creatives.

Lillie Road shops and The Pop Up

Our pop-up high street on Lillie Road, is home to London’s biggest pub garden and some of the best eateries in the city at The Prince, alongside a curated mix of independent retailers and artisans.

‘The Pop Up’, is a free, temporary retail space on the high street that aims to support and grow new local businesses by offering a pressure-free environment in which to learn how to promote and sell their products. Find out more about the space and how to apply to use the space here.

Empress Place West and Seven Stars

Last summer we refurbished and brought homes on Empress Place and Seven Stars back into use at discounted rents for key workers and people on low incomes. 

The Skills Hub

Transport for London is working in partnership with industry and government through the Construction Skills Fund, offering fully-funded pre-employment programmes to provide key skills and training, as well as a taste of working in the construction industry.

The Skills Hub, located adjacent to our Community Hub, offers a range of courses including a programme for young people to enter the construction sector, and the opportunity to take CSCS tests. Find out more here.

SUMMER 2021 - The Pleasure Garden, Warwick Road Apron

Last summer ECDC opened up part of the site on Warwick Road, where the former entrance to the Exhibition Centre used to be. This temporary space played host to an art installation ‘The Pleasure Garden’, created in partnership with the Kensington + Chelsea Festival, and Underbelly.

We are now starting to explore ideas on how this space can best be used next. We want the future of this space, which we call ‘Warwick Road Apron’ to be shaped by the local community and so we are asking for your ideas and suggestions – get in touch if you have a great idea!