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Old February 16th, 2011, 02:14 PM   #1
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Earls Court £8bn Regeneration | Hammersmith & Fulham | Demo + U/C

I wonder if people realise that there are plans to demolish Earls Court after the Olympics in 2012. There has been a campaign running against this for some time, but it seems to have gained little publicity.

If you feel strongly about this, there is a website which contains a petition that you can sign. Here is some of the wording from the website:-

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"Help save the Earls Court exhibition centres from demolition post Olympics in 2012. Their current owners plan to replace these world famous iconic buildings with four new 'villages'. The Kensington Book estimates over 3 million visitors annually come to these venues. They are the lifeblood of Earls Court. The new development would be on a par with those springing up all over the city but this time at the expense of such a great london heritage.

The exhibition centre has been host to countless exhibitions since its opening in 1937, from the Ideal Home Exhibition, the Motor Show, the Royal Tournament and the Boat Show. Artists who have performed there include Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan, Queen and Madonna. It is the major cultural venue in west London, and an architectural gem.

There is a 'masterplan' to replace both exhibition centres and acres around them including two council housing estates with a speculative development of apartments, offices and shops, of the kind that investors love but few people get to live in.

With the closing of Langan’s recently there are now approximately 20 empty retail units in the immediate vicinity. If or when the exhibition centres close there undoubtably will be more straight away, 10 – 20 years later according to the ‘masterplan’.

There will be a new high street with shops within the adjacent four village development. One has to wonder what will become of what is left of Earls Court’s local stores, shops and bars both in the meantime and after……. To say nothing of the culture of London..."
Here is the website where you can sign the petition to STOP these plans:-

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/sos_earls_court/

(Also lots more information about the plans here.)

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Old February 16th, 2011, 02:15 PM   #2
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Why would anyone want it saved? It's horrific.
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Old February 16th, 2011, 02:17 PM   #3
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The older building is ok. The newer part is ugly as sin.
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Old February 16th, 2011, 02:56 PM   #4
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This is in the wrong section of SSC Shirley.
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Old February 16th, 2011, 02:56 PM   #5
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If it was Olympia I'd be upset, but I don't find Earl's Court 1 especially aesthetically appealing, and of course Earl's Court 2 just looks like an overgrown battery farm.

I think EC1 has served its purpose well but is now outdated (I seem to recall there might actually be some Health & safety concerns regarding the structure and the size of emergency exits).
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Old February 16th, 2011, 02:59 PM   #6
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Why would anyone want it saved? It's horrific.
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If it had any architectural or aesthetic merit, there might be grounds for saving it, but I've looked and I can't find any.

Are people saying it should be preserved because of its significance as a venue? I have fond memories of going to the Royal Tournament with my grandfather in the 1980s, but no affection for the actual building.
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Old February 16th, 2011, 03:00 PM   #7
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This is in the wrong section of SSC Shirley.
Hey! I clicked on this in the Skybar, and now I'm in London Metro Area. I've been taken somewhere against my will - isn't that kidnapping?!?!?
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Old February 16th, 2011, 03:05 PM   #8
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Nah, the venues are in an innapropriate location now and they are pretty ugly. The site would be well suited to high end residential.
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Old February 16th, 2011, 03:12 PM   #9
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I quite like Earls Court... been loads of times. Although my 'like' is based on sentiment I admit:

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Old February 16th, 2011, 03:28 PM   #10
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Its quite a cool front, but thats about it
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Old February 16th, 2011, 03:33 PM   #11
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Absolutely hideous on the inside
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Old February 16th, 2011, 04:14 PM   #12
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Will this pave way for Chelsea to build a new stadium on the site?

EDIT: Ignore, I just read the article, woops
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Old February 16th, 2011, 04:46 PM   #13
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I wish locals were as passionate about making the proposed masterplan as architecturally good as possible as they are about 'saving' a defunct exhibition centre.
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Old February 16th, 2011, 05:10 PM   #14
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I quite like Earls Court... been loads of times. Although my 'like' is based on sentiment I admit:

That image is very kind to Earl's Court's facade. It is supposed to be in the Art Moderne style (late Art Deco without the frilliness), but the reality is that the cladding is corrugated steel and there's little architectural merit other than it's vaguely Art Moderne proportions. Seen in broad daylight, it is actually quite ugly.
Everything behind it is just a mixture of buildings and extensions over the years, and the EC2 hall is just, well, atrocious.

There are much better uses for this site now than large exhibitions (for which there's ExCeL) and gigs (for which there's O2).

Dated, wrong place, and ugly. Get rid.
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Old February 16th, 2011, 06:01 PM   #15
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What a backlash!
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Old February 16th, 2011, 06:24 PM   #16
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Here is the consultation website

http://www.myearlscourt.com/the-future/project_area/
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Old February 16th, 2011, 08:38 PM   #17
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earls court will always be remembered for the events and not for the architectural merit. like the brits you would associate with earls court but is now at the O2. now everything is going to the o2 its not really needed any more. the whole area is ready for redevelopment just hope cheslski don't get it
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Hey! I clicked on this in the Skybar, and now I'm in London Metro Area. I've been taken somewhere against my will - isn't that kidnapping?!?!?
Same thing happened to me. If I said I didn't shit myself with fear I'd be lying.
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Old February 18th, 2011, 03:48 PM   #19
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Earls Court One is very much a landmark in the area. Although I understand perhaps 2 major old exhibition/venues in the area could be too much given the more up to date facilities over to the east of town I would hope the facade could be retained.
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Old February 18th, 2011, 07:08 PM   #20
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Not sure if this has been posted but the plan is for a mixed use development comprisong up 11,000 new dwellings and 32,000 new jobs so it is very large in scale.
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