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CABE backs Battersea Power Station development

The proposed development of the iconic Battersea Power Station in south west London has won the backing of the Campaign for Architecture and the Built Envirnment (CABE).

CABE’s design review panel reviewed the scheme five times at pre-planning, the planning application was the sixth review.

CABE praised designs by architect Rafael Viñoly, which made the grade II* listed power station the focus of the overall development.

Director of design review at CABE, Diane Haigh, said: “In many ways this has been a model process. The scheme was brought to us at a very early stage, and both the developer and the architect have been very open to the panel’s comments.

“We have reviewed it six times - which is unusual - but this iterative process has resulted in improvements at each stage and a very strong scheme which CABE is confident will be a success,” she said.

The site’s environmental strategy was praised as both ambitious and pragmatic.

However, issues addressed included potential problems of overshadowing, given the density of the development, and ensuring that there is acceptable sunlight and daylight penetration into the apartments at lower levels.

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