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Earls Court

Bringing the wonder back to Earls Court

Delivering around 4,000 new homes, we are working alongside Studio Egret West for The Earls Court Development Company (ECDC) on a masterplan that will provide 300,000 sq ft of space for retail, dining, leisure and culture.

With an ambition to ‘bring the wonder back to Earls Court’, the area will re-emerge as a home for creative talent and a place to showcase one of the fastest growing industries in the world, clean and climate tech, offering 2.5m sq ft of workspace and delivering around 12,000 new jobs.

60% of the site will be unbuilt, with plans including a generous network of Exhibition Gardens and open spaces, including The Table (an urban park), a community green, cascading water features and new public squares.

Reflecting Earls Court’s heritage of live events and music, the proposals include a range of cultural spaces, from production and recording studios to fixed and pop-up venues to host performance alongside a hotel.

The three largest venues – including a 600 seat (1,000 standing) capacity performance space – will act as cultural anchors, drawing people into the site, while outdoor spaces will host creative events and arts.

With an ambition to go beyond net zero, Earls Court will be home to one of the UK’s largest zero carbon energy sharing networks, innovative water management, over 1,000 new trees and streets that prioritise walking and cycling. These will connect to the three stations edging the site, linking into cycle highways and bus routes providing connectivity to the local area, central London and beyond, encouraging people to travel sustainably.

The plans aim to bring jobs for approximately 12,000 people across the site in a range of different roles and sectors. A further 2,000 will be employed in construction when the development is at its peak.

In the last year, activities associated with the project have led to £2.9 million additional spend locally and created 59 full time jobs. Skills and training opportunities for local people of all ages are being provided to help them into employment – something already being delivered through the TfL skills hub that currently operates on the site.

The development is estimated to provide a £100m boost for the local area each year – the amount estimated to be spent by those living and working on the site.

There is no other central London site like this; this is our chance to build sustainably and innovatively for the future, ensuring that Earls Court is a place to discover wonder for generations to come.

The plans continue to evolve in discussion with community groups and stakeholders, a process which began in 2021.

 A hybrid planning application will be submitted in mid-2024. The first phase of development – comprising over 1,000 homes, the first cultural and commercial buildings, the park, and vital east-west connections – will commence in 2026.

Discover more about the project here.

Project details

Project name: Earls Court

Location: London, UK

Service: Digital design

Scope: Masterplanning

Clients: The Earls Court Development Company

Status: Live

Collaborating masterplanner: Studio Egret West

Landscape architect: SLA

Project management: G&T

Cost: Cast

Structures and transport: WSP

Sustainability and M&E: Hoare Lea

Planning: DP9

Agents: JLL and Knight Frank

Townscape: Tavernor Consultancy

Heritage: Montagu Evans

Social value: Real Worth

Engagement: London Communication Agency

Engagement: Iceni

Public affairs: Field Communications

If you want to know more about our urban design and masterplanning work, contact Darryl Chen