Earls Court venues may undergo urban village redevelopment

A masterplan outlining the vision for the area enclosing Earls Court exhibition centre is set to be unveiled at a series of events from 18-22 March.

Earls Court subject to Sir Terry Farrell masterplan
Earls Court subject to Sir Terry Farrell masterplan

The Earls Court Project Area covers 77 acres – including Earls Court One and Earls Court Two exhibition centres – and plans are in development for the area in west London.

Sir Terry Farrell

The Sir Terry Farrell–designed masterplan proposes the creation of 4 urban villages - Earls Court Village, West Brompton Village, West Kensington Village and North End Village - which will include at least 8,000 homes.

It also includes a new high street that will cross the site from east to west, a main north-south route across the site called The Broadway and public gardens.

EC&O Properties

The land is mainly owned by the three potential partners involved in The Earls Court Project: EC&O Properties, which owns the exhibition centres and Olympia; the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham; and Transport for London.

Earls Court was selected to be the volleyball venue for the London 2012 Olympics but this is likely to be its final major event before the redevelopment scheme gets underway.

Olympia upgrade

In October 2010, the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham granted planning consent for a proposed £20m upgrade of Olympia, which it is hoped will allow the venue to host events that were previously held at Earls Court.

However, International Confex has already made a decision to move to Excel London from next year, and hosted its final show at Earls Court earlier this month.

The public exhibition is being held from 18-22 March from 10am to 5pm at Earls Court exhibition centre’s Museum Hall.

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