What’s happening on site

What’s happening on site

The site 

The Earls Court site is currently home to TfL’s Lillie Bridge Depot, a number of structures, and was formerly the site of the famous Earls Court Exhibition Centre. Located in Zone 1, and with a cleared site of circa 40 acres, it is the most exciting development opportunity in Central London. It is one of the most exciting development opportunities in Zone 1. 

It straddles two London boroughs; the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea (RBKC) and the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham (LBHF). 

The Mayor of London has identified the site as an Opportunity Area – an area which will be important to deliver the homes and jobs London needs for the future. 

The Earls Court Development Company (ECDC) will be delivering and developing the site over the coming years. The Lillie Bridge Depot is currently owned by TfL, but the ambition is to also bring it into the development plan in due course.

We’re beginning to develop our new plan for the whole site. This will take time because we want to get it right, in full collaboration with the local community. 

But we know the site cannot sit idle and we know people want progress. This page shows you what is currently happening on site

344-350 Old Brompton Road

ECDC is bringing forward proposals for the redevelopment of 344-350 Old Brompton Road, which is not within the red-line development boundary of the wider Earls Court development site. A separate planning application was submitted and approved earlier in the year by Kensington & Chelsea Council. The development comprises 51 new homes with 23 of those affordable and a new outdoor children’s place space.

We are currently in the process of appointing a contractor to carry out the main construction programme. The site is also being prepared for the commencement of enabling works, which are likely to begin in the near future.

Community Hub 

The previous owners of the site erected a temporary building on a plot of land located off Aisgill Avenue, adjacent to the Gibbs Green Estate, then known as the Replacement Homes Suite. Now that we have handed the estates back to Hammersmith & Fulham Council, we plan to transform this unused building into a brand-new Community Hub that will be capable of hosting a wide range of activities, such as classes, meetings, play groups and more. The garden will be revamped in partnership with Hammersmith Community Gardens Association and will provide a green haven for local people to enjoy.

We have now gained planning consent to change the use of this building; work will soon commence, and we hope to have it open in spring 2022. If you are interested in using this new facility, please get in touch with us at info@earlscourtdevco.com

Summer 2021: Opening up the site

London Wonderground

The site of EC2 was transformed into London Wonderground this summer with 114,000 people visiting over the summer months. It featured over 200 shows, an urban beach, fairground rides, games and a range of street food stalls.

The Pleasure Garden, Warwick Road Apron

ECDC opened up part of the site on Warwick Road, where the former entrance to the Exhibition Centre used to be. This temporary space 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!

The return of The Prince and The Crossing 

Our range of shops and place to eat and drink along Lillie Road have re-opened. Come down and visit London’s biggest pub garden with some of the best independent eateries in the city, alongside our carefully curated independent retailers, artists and artisans who look forward to welcoming you back. 

Other initiatives open include: 

Dads House foodbank, Lillie Road

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic and these uncertain times, we were delighted to offer local charity Dads House a unit at West Brompton Crossing, to use as a foodbank and distribution centre for those who need it most. The foodbank is open to anyone that needs a helping hand and the charity will also deliver to residents in Kensington and Chelsea and Hammersmith and Fulham. To find out more visit dadshouse.org.uk.

The Skills Hub

TfL 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 Construction Hub, located adjacent to our future Community Hub re-opens in January 2022 and a range of courses are on offer including a programme for young people to enter the construction sector, and the opportunity to take CSCS tests. Find out more here.

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