Earls Court is a 40-acre site in central London, previously the Earls Court Exhibition Centre and straddles the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The development is being led by Earls Court Development Company (ECDC).
ECDC are committed to creating an inclusive development and commissioned ZCD Architects to help them put together a diverse panel of 15 local people - young people, disabled people, carers and older people who have a range of lived experiences, requirements, and support needs. ‘The Public Realm Inclusivity Panel’ (PRIP) meets monthly and through a series of creative co-design workshops, explores and interrogates the emerging masterplan, giving help and advice to the design team as they develop their proposals.
Through facilitating the PRIP, paying close attention to their feedback and highlighting their needs, ZCD Architects are helping ECDC and the design team to make sure the PRIP’s input has an impact on the masterplan.
I love the fact that everyone has a voice, and we are all able to offer our unique perspective on the task in hand. You [ZCD] frame the sessions really well. There is the right amount of time for each project, and you make them as fun as possible. I love being part of the process.
I like the interactive nature of the sessions, it actually feels as if our words are being listened to and being used to create a better space for everyone.
We have had very deep and insightful discussions with the PRIP and their feedback is directly informing the design and the process; it is impossible to overstate the value that this process has brought, not simply to the design process but to the mindset and outlook of the whole team. With the expert support of ZCD the confidence and skills of the members of the PRIP have grown and, though they have different experiences, abilities and needs, they have come together to tackle hard issues.
Director of Public Affairs, Social Impact and Community Relations at ECDC
As part of our engagement, we have written a comprehensive report reflecting the essence of the PRIP and our latest discoveries.
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