The green light has been given for the redevelopment of Earls Court Exhibition Centre in London and two neighbouring estates: West Kensington and Gibbs Green. The decision was made by Mayor of London Boris Johnson on Wednesday 3 July, signalling that the demolition of the Earls Court Exhibition Centre (opened in 1937) will go ahead as part of a redevelopment masterplan drawn up by Sir Terry Farrell.
Johnson said: “I’m in no doubt that the development proposed for Earls Court and West Kensington will provide a massive boost not just to this part of the capital, but to London’s wider economy as well. It is a landmark project that will deliver much needed jobs, new homes and improved infrastructure and will make this strategically important part of the capital an even better to place to live, work and visit."
The £8bn redevelopment of the site will create 36,000 construction jobs in the realisation of 7,583 new homes, retail outlets, offices, leisure amenities, a school, transport links, a healthcare centre, community centre and open public space. Alongside the planning approval for EC Properties LP, Johnson has also given the green light on a Section 106 package which includes £490m of community improvements.