Earls Court redevelopment #1

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-07-23
Session date: 
July 23, 2014
Reference: 
2014/2789
Question By: 
Nicky Gavron
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Do you agree that the demolition plans of the size and scale for Earls Court, a C Howard Crane designed building of the type that even embattled cities such as Detroit are retaining, but which includes significant levels of asbestos particulates, poses a serious public health hazard to West Londoners? Given that to date, no health and safety measures have been put in place by Capco which match the level of risk to the public, it is also important to bear in mind that as landowner, TfL will be the responsible party should there be any resulting legal claims. With this in mind, do you agree that the demolition of the Earl's Court Exhibition Centres should be postponed at  least until decisions have been taken on the West Kensington and Lillie Bridge aspects of the Masterplan, and concerns regarding the hazardous asbestos at the site are properly addressed.

Answer

Answer for Earls Court redevelopment #1

Answer for Earls Court redevelopment #1

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Three 'Drop-In' public events were held on 1, 2 and 3 July to explain the process of deconstruction to the local community and the measures being put in place to minimise impact. The display boards from these sessions are available to view on the myearlscourt.com website. 

 

There is a clear framework and set of controls and procedures within which the environmental aspects of the decommissioning, removal of hazardous materials (including asbestos) and demolition works will be managed on site. Capco's contractor, Keltbray, is a respected provider within the environmental support services sector. Keltbray has an HSE asbestos licence, is ISO accredited for Quality, Environmental and Health and Safety standards, and has its own licensed transfer stations under Environment Agency Guidelines.

 

On the wider issues you raise, it is neither commercially practical nor desirable to defer the development of Earls Court Village pending decisions on other, separately-held land that will in any event be subject to subsequent phases of development.