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SAVE THE EARLS COURT EXHIBITION CENTRES FROM DEMOLITION

SAVE THE EARLS COURT EXHIBITION CENTRES FROM DEMOLITION
The iconic Earls Court Exhibition Centre building was completed in 1937 and featured in architectural publications such as Architects Journal, Architectural Review and Building Magazine as having the largest single-span roof in the world. The biggest project anywhere by Detroit architect C. Howard Crane it must be preserved as one of the world’s, not just London’s, few remaining unique monumental Art Deco emporiums. As a performance venue it has been one of the most popular arenas to play in the UK, with a capacity of around 19,000, including standing room. In response to the need to increase Earls Court's exhibition space, Earls Court Two was constructed in 1991 at a cost of £100m. The striking barrel-roofed hall which links with Earls Court One via folding shutters is large enough to hold four Boeing 747's (jumbo jets), and the hall's 17,000 square metre floor is entirely column-free. The hall was opened by Diana, Princess of Wales.

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 IT'S OPENING IN 1937 FROM THE IDEAL HOME EXHIBITION, THE MOTOR SHOW, THE ROYAL TOURNAMENT AND THE BOAT SHOW. ARTISTS WHO HAVE PERFORMED THERE INCLUDE THE 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 APPARTMENTS, 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....

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

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