5 months ago
Is there anything you'd like to change about our emerging masterplan approach?
Need to see more detail. At present it's hard to relate the drawings to what might happen on the ground.
Please use this space if you have any ideas for uses, events or activities that we can bring to the site in the coming months and years to continue to keep it active and of benefit for local people.
There is a great local need for therapy rooms - there are hardly any locally. Perhaps open some in Empress Place?
How do you feel about our emerging masterplan approach?
Perhaps a greater sense of momentum & urgency. I understand it is early days for a new vision & masterplan but it has been depressing to see the site empty and 'stuck' for so long.
Once the overall layout is confirmed, perhaps dome some of the landscaping first so it has matured before construction is finished, and draws people into the site in the meantime to relax and feel they already belong in it.
open play space, community fair for local charities, pop up entertainment, art shows, etc.
6 months ago
Thanks for wondering “what do the locals want?”, but for me a much more important question is “what does the planet need?”. As you’ve identified, this prime site is reasonably central, well-connected and well-known and, most significantly, the first of its kind out of the blocks for a post-Covid, green London. So, the main two things I would like you to change about your emerging masterplan are:
1) Reduce the amount of new local housing to enable creation of the kind of global presence and impact that you can “see from space”.
2) Extend your ambition (go on, scare yourselves a bit more!) and create something so unique and vitally relevant that it will be hard to surpass as the career highlight of anyone involved, a breakthrough contribution to the future of humanity and our planet. Give local residents not just something to participate in and enjoy, but something to be proud of, that truly raises the reputation of our area, London and the UK.
OK, I owe you at least one low-hanging, easy, practical idea...Definitely install a Santander Cycles docking station in the railing island at the entrance to the Lillie Bridge Depot (or in Empress Place or some other nearby site if necessary). It’s a no-brainer. If you look at the current map of docking stations you will see there is a significant “hole” here and that it would provide cycling opportunities not just for local residents, but for users of West Brompton Station, workers in the Empress State Building, guests and workers in the Ibis and other local hotels, and of course people working on the Earls Court Development itself! I don’t accept there are any insurmountable budgetary, safety or timing objections to this, so why not just get it done in the next few months?