SLA appointed landscape architect for iconic 40-acre Earls Court Development
We are thrilled to share that we have been selected as landscape architect and public realm designer for the entire 40-acre (160.000 m2) site of the iconic Earls Court Development in Central London.
The Earls Court Development project is one of London’s biggest and most strategically important redevelopment opportunities with a bold and ambitious vision to bring the wonder back to the iconic Earls Court site. The masterplan is led by client Earls Court Development Company (ECDC).
“Earls Court is a place where people used to share magical experiences. We believe we can add to that legacy by uniting people and city through biodiversity and a generous, community-led, and nature-based public realm for all Earls Court.”— Rasmus Astrup, Design Principal and Partner.
The masterplan’s first phase will include up to 1,300 mixed tenure homes including affordable homes which will be delivered alongside a mix of cultural spaces, offices that will provide opportunities for hundreds of jobs, alongside public parks, squares, plazas, and public realm.
The importance and prioritization of the public realm were decisive for the choice of SLA:
“Extensive engagement to date has illustrated the importance of creating a place truly welcoming and accessible for all, leading to a commitment to introduce a people-led and nature-based place. Responding to this, ECDC has appointed globally renowned Danish practice SLA as the landscape architect across the whole development site,” says ECDC in a press release.
As landscape and public realm designer, SLA will work together with masterplanners Hawkins Brown and Studio Egret West and alongside phase 1 architects Sheppard Robson with Serie Architects and dRMM, ACME and Haworth Tompkins, and Maccreanor Lavington to develop detailed designs for the first phase of the emerging masterplan.
The masterplan will develop Earls Court based on the area’s strong cultural and industrial heritage, create new connections between the Burroughs of Kensington & Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham, and open up and connect the former Exhibition Center site to the outside world for the first time in 150 years.
“Earls Court is a place where people used to share magical experiences. We believe we can add to that legacy by uniting people and city through biodiversity and a generous, community-led, and nature-based public realm for all Earls Court,” says Rasmus Astrup, Design Principal and Partner in SLA.
Construction for the first phase is set to commence in 2025.
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