Earls Court’s ‘gateway’ square gets the go-ahead

Capco secures detailed planning permission for Exhibition Square

The Royal Borough has granted detailed planning consent for Capco’s new Exhibition Square, which “will create an important gateway” to Sir Terry Farrell’s Earls Court Masterplan.

The 139,000 square foot public square promises to be one of the key hubs of the enormous west London regeneration project, providing direct access to a 69,000 square foot signature hotel, 62,000 square feet of office space, an entrance to Earls Court Underground station, and one end of a new “21st Century  High Street” linking North End Road and Warwick Road. The hotel and office buildings have both been designed by KPF architects.

Detailed designs for Exhibition Square were brought forward for consultation by Earls Court Partnership Limited – the JV between Capco and Transport for London – last summer, building on outline planning consent for the whole 77-acre Masterplan, which was granted back in 2013.

Capco is currently holding a second round of consultation on proposals for a 400-home development at Empress Place.

Mike Hood, Group Development Director, Earls Court: “Earls Court is the most important regeneration site in London and the last two years have seen significant investment and remarkable progress. Our detailed plans for Exhibition Square would provide an important gateway to the scheme and mean that the entirety of Earls Court Village, the first of four new urban villages at Earls Court, has received full detailed consent.”