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Capco has been in the business of London property for 85 years..

1933

Capital & Counties Property Company Limited is incorporated. Its portfolio grows to include property in London and the home counties. 

June 1992

Capital & Counties plc merges with Transatlantic Holdings plc, which changes its name to Liberty International Holdings in 1996.

August 2006

Capco acquires the iconic Covent Garden Market and Piazza as well as properties on surrounding streets. 

 

March 2007

Capco and Great Portland Estates plc form The Great Capital Partnership, a 50:50 joint venture to own, manage and develop properties in central London.

July 2007

Capco acquires a 50% interest in Earls Court & Olympia. The remaining 50% is acquired in 2010.

May 2010

Capital & Counties demerges from Liberty International PLC to become Capital & Counties Properties PLC (Capco). 

AUGUST 2010

The largest Apple store in the world opens on the corner of the Piazza signalling the repositioning of Covent Garden.

October 2010

Positive planning decision for proposal to upgrade Olympia to improve capacity and flexibility. 

June 2011

Outline planning applications submitted for the Earls Court Masterplan and a detailed planning application submitted for the Seagrave Road site.

FEBRUARY 2012

Capco launches The Henrietta, its first luxury residential conversion in Covent Garden. All four apartments are sold in 2012, setting new standards for price and quality in the area.

February 2012

Positive planning decision for redevelopment of Seagrave Road car park at Earls Court. 

August 2012

50:50 Joint Venture Agreement with the Kwok Family Interests for the Seagrave Road development completes.

September 2012

The London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham resolves to grant outline planning permission for the Earls Court Masterplan.

NOVEMBER 2012

Capco acquires The Wellington Portolio - three buildings in Covent Garden comprising 52,694 sq ft of restaurant, office and retail space.

November 2012

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea (RBKC) resolves to grant outline planning permission for the Earls Court Masterplan.

FEBRUARY 2013

Legendary New York brasserie Balthazar opens its only restaurant in Europe in Covent Garden, confirming its reputation as a fine dining destination.

The Government grants consent to the CLSA with LBHF

The Secretary of States consents to the Conditional Land Sale Agreement with LBHF confirming the inclusion of their holdings in the Earls Court Masterplan. 

APRIL 2013

Capco launches its second residential conversion in Covent Garden, The Russell, comprising two duplex penthouses and three lateral apartments overlooking the Piazza.

MAY, 2013

Capco purchases 50% of the Empress State Building from Land Securities for £117m, becoming sole owner.

JULY 2013

Five new openings in Covent Garden including cult Manhattan burger restaurant Shake Shack, Parisian fashion label Sandro and Australian beauty brand Aesop. 

JULY 2013

The Mayor of London formally confirms his acceptance of the outline planning applications for the Earls Court Masterplan. 

NOVEMBER, 2013

Formal planning consent granted for the Earls Court Masterplan following the signing of the Section 106 Agreement.

DECEMBER 2013

Planning applications approved for a new mixed-use development in Covent Garden known as Kings Court and Carriage Hall.

MARCH 2014

Phase 1 of Lillie Square predominantly sold as the scheme's central location and premium specification generated high demand.

MARCH 2014

TfL and Capco enter into an investmet vehicle to bring forward the first phases of the Earls Court Masterplan.

APRIL 2014

Detailed planning consent achieved for Earls Court Village including 1,200 new homes, over 3 acres of green space and the first phase of the High Street.

MAY 2014

Caprice Holdings signs a lease for The Ivy Market Grill, a sequel to The Ivy, offering an all-day menu of modern British food in a prime location overlooking Covent Garden's Piazza.

MAY 2014

Planning permission granted for conversion of the Empress State Building to residential use, providing 340 new homes.

JULY 2014

Covent Garden is further established as a dining destination with the launch of LIMA Floral from Michelin-starred Peruvian chef Virgilio Martinez.

AUGUST 2014

Enabling works begin on site at Lillie Square.

SEPTEMBER 2014

Capco's third luxury office-to-residential conversion, The Southampton, comes to market offering six 2-bed apartment and one 3-bed penthouse for rent.

OCTOBER 2014

Unique concept stores from Bobbi Brown and Clinique establish Covent Garden as London's newest beauty hub.

NOVEMBER 2014

A block on Bedford Street acquired for £68m, brings total acquisitions at Covent Garden for 2014 to £167m.

NOVEMBER 2014

15 high quality penthouses come to market at Lillie Square.

NOVEMBER 2014

Launch of The Beecham, a residential conversion with nine luxury apartments located on the corner of Henrietta Street above The Ivy Market Grill.

DECEMBER 2014

Kiko Milano signs to James Street setting a new Zone A rental level for Covent Garden of £1,000 sq ft.

JANUARY 2015

The successful transition of the exhibition business to Olympia is well under way following the closure of Earls Court exhibition centres.

March, 2015

Detailed planning consent is achieved for West Brompton Village.

MARCH 2015

Henrietta Street is established as a new menswear destination with the opening of Nigel Cabourn, The Real McCoy's and Edwin Jeans.

April 2015

The development of Kings Court continues, while fashion illustrator Donald Robertson unveils bespoke illustrations for hoardings on Floral Street, launching a new upmarket direction for the street.

April, 2015

Earls Court Partnership Limited ("ECPL"), the venture between Capco and TfL completed. Capco is leading the Earls Court venture. 

APRIL 2015

Deconstruction of the Earls Court exhibition centres begins.

April, 2015

New sports facilities at Fulham Boys School are made available to Earls Court estates residents.

June, 2015

Covent Garden launches new smartphone loyalty app The Pass, providing offers from over 50 tenants.

June, 2015

The iconic illuminated sign is removed from EC1 and archived for potential future use.

June, 2015

Charlotte Tilbury signs to James Street setting a new Zone A rental level for Covent Garden £1,400 per sq ft.

July, 2015

Construction of Phase 1 of Lillie Square progresses on track, with Phase 1 buyers due to start moving in from H2 2016.

August, 2015

Cultural commission of 100,000 white balloons in Covent Garden's Market Building by artist Charles Pétillon, generates over 400 pieces of coverage and attracts 2.3 million visitors to the district.

August, 2015

Earls Court community Hub opens, initiating Capco's presence on the ground in Earls Court and inviting drop-in sessions from the local community.

September, 2015

The Lillie Square three-bedroom mock-up apartment opens on Seagrave Road, while Phase 2 - Lillie Square East - introduces a range of luxury one, two and three bedroom lateral homes and a collection of duplex apartments with private gardens.

October, 2015

1,300 tonnes of steel is lowered as the roof of the former Earls Court 1 exhibition hall is removed.

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November, 2015

3INA Cosmetics signs to James Street, setting a new Zone A rental level of £1,475 per sq ft for Covent Garden.

November, 2015

Earls Court Project Rooms open, showcasing the plans and vision for the development.

December, 2015

The former Earls Court 2 roof and structures are demolished to ground level. 

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February, 2016

SUSHISAMBA agrees terms to occupy the Opera Terrace site in the Market Building, one of the most prominent dining locations in London, set to open in 2017.

February, 2016

The opening of two new dining concepts, Flat Iron and Frenchie, enhance the F&B offer on Henrietta Street in Covent Garden.

frenchie covent garden
February, 2016

Luxury beuaty brand NARS signs lease on King Street for its first stand-alone boutique, joining Covent Garden's Beauty Quarter.

March, 2016

£150 million HCA loan facility signed to fund infrastructure-related works on ECPL land interests.

April, 2016

Earls Court Project Rooms open for the first monthly 'Second Saturdays' community event.

May, 2016

The launch of the Lillie Square Garden Collection offering duplex homes with exclusive private outdoor spaces designed by Andy Sturgeon.

May, 2016

New purpose-built engagement facility for residents of the West Kensington and Gibbs Green estates opens to provide information about the Earls Court development.

July, 2016

Acclaimed New York Chinese restaurant RedFarm signs to the unit next to Balthazar on Russell Street. The restaurant is to open in 2017.

July, 2016

A four-week late night shopping campaign, which resulted in an increase in footfall and positive sales. The campaign included a series of events with street food pop-ups and an installation by fashion designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac. 

July, 2016

Petersham Nurseries signs to the Floral Court development, taking over 16,000 sq ft across four units. Petersham Nurseries will create new bespoke retail and dining concepts at Covent Garden, adding to the strong dining offer.

August, 2016

Capco, together with Robert De Niro and BD Hotels, is granted planning approval by Westminster City Council to create a visionary new 83-room luxury boutique hotel.

August, 2016

Topping out of Floral Court development achieved in August.

September, 2016

Plans brought forward for the detailed design of Exhibition Square - the gateway to the Earls Court development from Warwick Road. Detailed consent achieved in January 2017.

September, 2016

The UK's leading independent luxury watch retailer The Watch Gallery opens in the Royal Opera House Arcade, joining Mulberry and Lulu Guinness, to introduce luxury accessories to the Arcade for the first time.

November, 2016

Fine British shoe brand Cheaney signs lease on Henrietta Street for a 1,000 sq ft unit, further enhancing the retail offer on the street.

October, 2016

Capco purchases Tower House, a substantial corner building at 10 Southampton Street, from Derwent London plc for £67.5 million.

November, 2016

In partnership with the Royal Opera House, Christmas at Covent Garden launches with a public open air performance on the Piazza from the Royal Opera Chorus, followed by excerpts from The Nutcracker performed by artists of the Royal Ballet.

November, 2016

Demolition of both former Earls Court Exhibition Centres to ground level is complete.

December, 2016

Representations made to the GLA 'London Plan' consultation, highlighting that Earls Court can accommodate 10,000 homes.

December, 2016

ECPL engaged in public consultations on proposals for 400 new homes at Empress Place.

December, 2016

The largest crane ever used in London arrives in Earls Court to remove the portal beams from over the London Underground lines.

December, 2016

Openings from Hotel Chocolat and premium fragrance brand Atelier Cologne enhances the retail offer in the Market Building.

December, 2016

First residents move into their new homes at Lillie Square as the first units complete.

February, 2017

US 'gastro-fast' restaurant Buns & Buns signs to the Market Building and outerwear brand K-Way agrees lease for Henrietta Street, while Tom Davies and N.Peal sign to the Royal Opera House Arcade.

February, 2017

Signings from Tom Ford, DECIEM and Giorgio Armani Beauty's Armani Box London strengthen the luxury beauty offering on the North side of the Market Building, joining established beauty boutiques from Chanel, Dior and Burberry.

April, 2017

Capco announces the sale of Venues for £296 million. The sale positions Capco to concentrate effort and resources on its core central London estates at Covent Garden and Earls Court.   

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March, 2018

Capco announces the sale of the Empress State Building for £250 million

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  • March, 2018

    Capco announces the sale of the Empress State Building for £250 million

    Empress_state_building
  • April, 2017

    Capco announces the sale of Venues for £296 million. The sale positions Capco to concentrate effort and resources on its core central London estates at Covent Garden and Earls Court.   

    olympia our story
  • February, 2017

    US 'gastro-fast' restaurant Buns & Buns signs to the Market Building and outerwear brand K-Way agrees lease for Henrietta Street, while Tom Davies and N.Peal sign to the Royal Opera House Arcade.

  • February, 2017

    Signings from Tom Ford, DECIEM and Giorgio Armani Beauty's Armani Box London strengthen the luxury beauty offering on the North side of the Market Building, joining established beauty boutiques from Chanel, Dior and Burberry.

  • December, 2016

    Representations made to the GLA 'London Plan' consultation, highlighting that Earls Court can accommodate 10,000 homes.

  • December, 2016

    ECPL engaged in public consultations on proposals for 400 new homes at Empress Place.

  • December, 2016

    The largest crane ever used in London arrives in Earls Court to remove the portal beams from over the London Underground lines.

  • December, 2016

    Openings from Hotel Chocolat and premium fragrance brand Atelier Cologne enhances the retail offer in the Market Building.

  • December, 2016

    First residents move into their new homes at Lillie Square as the first units complete.

  • November, 2016

    Fine British shoe brand Cheaney signs lease on Henrietta Street for a 1,000 sq ft unit, further enhancing the retail offer on the street.

  • October, 2016

    Capco purchases Tower House, a substantial corner building at 10 Southampton Street, from Derwent London plc for £67.5 million.

  • November, 2016

    In partnership with the Royal Opera House, Christmas at Covent Garden launches with a public open air performance on the Piazza from the Royal Opera Chorus, followed by excerpts from The Nutcracker performed by artists of the Royal Ballet.

  • November, 2016

    Demolition of both former Earls Court Exhibition Centres to ground level is complete.

  • September, 2016

    Plans brought forward for the detailed design of Exhibition Square - the gateway to the Earls Court development from Warwick Road. Detailed consent achieved in January 2017.

  • September, 2016

    The UK's leading independent luxury watch retailer The Watch Gallery opens in the Royal Opera House Arcade, joining Mulberry and Lulu Guinness, to introduce luxury accessories to the Arcade for the first time.

  • August, 2016

    Capco, together with Robert De Niro and BD Hotels, is granted planning approval by Westminster City Council to create a visionary new 83-room luxury boutique hotel.

  • August, 2016

    Topping out of Floral Court development achieved in August.

  • July, 2016

    Acclaimed New York Chinese restaurant RedFarm signs to the unit next to Balthazar on Russell Street. The restaurant is to open in 2017.

  • July, 2016

    A four-week late night shopping campaign, which resulted in an increase in footfall and positive sales. The campaign included a series of events with street food pop-ups and an installation by fashion designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac. 

  • July, 2016

    Petersham Nurseries signs to the Floral Court development, taking over 16,000 sq ft across four units. Petersham Nurseries will create new bespoke retail and dining concepts at Covent Garden, adding to the strong dining offer.

  • May, 2016

    The launch of the Lillie Square Garden Collection offering duplex homes with exclusive private outdoor spaces designed by Andy Sturgeon.

  • May, 2016

    New purpose-built engagement facility for residents of the West Kensington and Gibbs Green estates opens to provide information about the Earls Court development.

  • April, 2016

    Earls Court Project Rooms open for the first monthly 'Second Saturdays' community event.

  • March, 2016

    £150 million HCA loan facility signed to fund infrastructure-related works on ECPL land interests.

  • February, 2016

    SUSHISAMBA agrees terms to occupy the Opera Terrace site in the Market Building, one of the most prominent dining locations in London, set to open in 2017.

  • February, 2016

    The opening of two new dining concepts, Flat Iron and Frenchie, enhance the F&B offer on Henrietta Street in Covent Garden.

    frenchie covent garden
  • February, 2016

    Luxury beuaty brand NARS signs lease on King Street for its first stand-alone boutique, joining Covent Garden's Beauty Quarter.

  • December, 2015

    The former Earls Court 2 roof and structures are demolished to ground level. 

    ec2
  • November, 2015

    3INA Cosmetics signs to James Street, setting a new Zone A rental level of £1,475 per sq ft for Covent Garden.

  • November, 2015

    Earls Court Project Rooms open, showcasing the plans and vision for the development.

  • October, 2015

    1,300 tonnes of steel is lowered as the roof of the former Earls Court 1 exhibition hall is removed.

    test
  • September, 2015

    The Lillie Square three-bedroom mock-up apartment opens on Seagrave Road, while Phase 2 - Lillie Square East - introduces a range of luxury one, two and three bedroom lateral homes and a collection of duplex apartments with private gardens.

  • August, 2015

    Cultural commission of 100,000 white balloons in Covent Garden's Market Building by artist Charles Pétillon, generates over 400 pieces of coverage and attracts 2.3 million visitors to the district.

  • August, 2015

    Earls Court community Hub opens, initiating Capco's presence on the ground in Earls Court and inviting drop-in sessions from the local community.

  • July, 2015

    Construction of Phase 1 of Lillie Square progresses on track, with Phase 1 buyers due to start moving in from H2 2016.

  • June, 2015

    Covent Garden launches new smartphone loyalty app The Pass, providing offers from over 50 tenants.

  • June, 2015

    The iconic illuminated sign is removed from EC1 and archived for potential future use.

  • June, 2015

    Charlotte Tilbury signs to James Street setting a new Zone A rental level for Covent Garden £1,400 per sq ft.

  • April 2015

    The development of Kings Court continues, while fashion illustrator Donald Robertson unveils bespoke illustrations for hoardings on Floral Street, launching a new upmarket direction for the street.

  • April, 2015

    Earls Court Partnership Limited ("ECPL"), the venture between Capco and TfL completed. Capco is leading the Earls Court venture. 

  • APRIL 2015

    Deconstruction of the Earls Court exhibition centres begins.

  • April, 2015

    New sports facilities at Fulham Boys School are made available to Earls Court estates residents.

  • March, 2015

    Detailed planning consent is achieved for West Brompton Village.

  • MARCH 2015

    Henrietta Street is established as a new menswear destination with the opening of Nigel Cabourn, The Real McCoy's and Edwin Jeans.

  • JANUARY 2015

    The successful transition of the exhibition business to Olympia is well under way following the closure of Earls Court exhibition centres.

  • DECEMBER 2014

    Kiko Milano signs to James Street setting a new Zone A rental level for Covent Garden of £1,000 sq ft.

  • NOVEMBER 2014

    A block on Bedford Street acquired for £68m, brings total acquisitions at Covent Garden for 2014 to £167m.

  • NOVEMBER 2014

    15 high quality penthouses come to market at Lillie Square.

  • NOVEMBER 2014

    Launch of The Beecham, a residential conversion with nine luxury apartments located on the corner of Henrietta Street above The Ivy Market Grill.

  • OCTOBER 2014

    Unique concept stores from Bobbi Brown and Clinique establish Covent Garden as London's newest beauty hub.

  • SEPTEMBER 2014

    Capco's third luxury office-to-residential conversion, The Southampton, comes to market offering six 2-bed apartment and one 3-bed penthouse for rent.

  • AUGUST 2014

    Enabling works begin on site at Lillie Square.

  • JULY 2014

    Covent Garden is further established as a dining destination with the launch of LIMA Floral from Michelin-starred Peruvian chef Virgilio Martinez.

  • MAY 2014

    Caprice Holdings signs a lease for The Ivy Market Grill, a sequel to The Ivy, offering an all-day menu of modern British food in a prime location overlooking Covent Garden's Piazza.

  • MAY 2014

    Planning permission granted for conversion of the Empress State Building to residential use, providing 340 new homes.

  • APRIL 2014

    Detailed planning consent achieved for Earls Court Village including 1,200 new homes, over 3 acres of green space and the first phase of the High Street.

  • MARCH 2014

    Phase 1 of Lillie Square predominantly sold as the scheme's central location and premium specification generated high demand.

  • MARCH 2014

    TfL and Capco enter into an investmet vehicle to bring forward the first phases of the Earls Court Masterplan.

  • DECEMBER 2013

    Planning applications approved for a new mixed-use development in Covent Garden known as Kings Court and Carriage Hall.

  • NOVEMBER, 2013

    Formal planning consent granted for the Earls Court Masterplan following the signing of the Section 106 Agreement.

  • JULY 2013

    Five new openings in Covent Garden including cult Manhattan burger restaurant Shake Shack, Parisian fashion label Sandro and Australian beauty brand Aesop. 

  • JULY 2013

    The Mayor of London formally confirms his acceptance of the outline planning applications for the Earls Court Masterplan. 

  • MAY, 2013

    Capco purchases 50% of the Empress State Building from Land Securities for £117m, becoming sole owner.

  • The Government grants consent to the CLSA with LBHF

    The Secretary of States consents to the Conditional Land Sale Agreement with LBHF confirming the inclusion of their holdings in the Earls Court Masterplan. 

  • APRIL 2013

    Capco launches its second residential conversion in Covent Garden, The Russell, comprising two duplex penthouses and three lateral apartments overlooking the Piazza.

  • FEBRUARY 2013

    Legendary New York brasserie Balthazar opens its only restaurant in Europe in Covent Garden, confirming its reputation as a fine dining destination.

  • NOVEMBER 2012

    Capco acquires The Wellington Portolio - three buildings in Covent Garden comprising 52,694 sq ft of restaurant, office and retail space.

  • November 2012

    The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea (RBKC) resolves to grant outline planning permission for the Earls Court Masterplan.

  • September 2012

    The London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham resolves to grant outline planning permission for the Earls Court Masterplan.

  • August 2012

    50:50 Joint Venture Agreement with the Kwok Family Interests for the Seagrave Road development completes.

  • February 2012

    Positive planning decision for redevelopment of Seagrave Road car park at Earls Court. 

  • FEBRUARY 2012

    Capco launches The Henrietta, its first luxury residential conversion in Covent Garden. All four apartments are sold in 2012, setting new standards for price and quality in the area.

  • June 2011

    Outline planning applications submitted for the Earls Court Masterplan and a detailed planning application submitted for the Seagrave Road site.

  • October 2010

    Positive planning decision for proposal to upgrade Olympia to improve capacity and flexibility. 

  • AUGUST 2010

    The largest Apple store in the world opens on the corner of the Piazza signalling the repositioning of Covent Garden.

  • May 2010

    Capital & Counties demerges from Liberty International PLC to become Capital & Counties Properties PLC (Capco). 

  • July 2007

    Capco acquires a 50% interest in Earls Court & Olympia. The remaining 50% is acquired in 2010.

  • March 2007

    Capco and Great Portland Estates plc form The Great Capital Partnership, a 50:50 joint venture to own, manage and develop properties in central London.

  • August 2006

    Capco acquires the iconic Covent Garden Market and Piazza as well as properties on surrounding streets. 

     

  • June 1992

    Capital & Counties plc merges with Transatlantic Holdings plc, which changes its name to Liberty International Holdings in 1996.

  • 1933

    Capital & Counties Property Company Limited is incorporated. Its portfolio grows to include property in London and the home counties.