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New designs for Battersea revealed

Architect Rafael Viňoly published revised plans for London’s Battersea power station today. They exclude high rise development and gives a greater prominence to the 1930s industrial buildings.

All buildings on the site are shorter than the shoulders of the power station.

The masterplan includes around 3,700 new homes, 1.5Msq ft of office floorspace, 500,000sq ft of retail, restaurants, a hotel, leisure space and community facilities.  Around 16,500 new jobs will be created within the completed development, which will also create thousands of construction jobs. 

The scheme will also act as a catalyst for the regeneration of the Nine Elms area, which is expected to be served by an extension of the Northern Line from Kennington to Battersea Power Station. Over the past year, significant progress on the private funding of the Northern Line Extension has been made through working alongside Transport for London and London Underground, according to owner Treasury Holdings UK.

“After two years of consultation, we are confident that we have the right scheme for this crucially important regeneration,” said Treasury Holdings UK managing director Rob Tincknell.  “We are working tirelessly with Transport for London to secure the Northern Line Extension to Nine Elms, which is essential to achieve the high density redevelopment of the area.”

Readers' comments (6)

  • This looks terribly dull. It cramps and diminishes a powerful and iconic building. I liked the original proposal - it respected and amplified the power of Battersea, I think it actually gave the building more scale rather than less. This makes is look like a giant Barratt home with chimneys.

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  • Actually, I think it should be knocked down and put it out of it misery if this is the best the developers can do.

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  • Richard R

    James, I have to disagree. The original proposals I saw (documents lie only a few feet away from me) looked as though the Power Station was in the way, and a "lets build some new stuff around it" seemed to be portrayed. This however, blends nicely the old building in with the new. I kind of like it and it looks very sustainable too.

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  • I am sincerely bored about this pseudo-project - in my life time I doubt it will ever happen and I am 24.
    Everytime design proposals are submitted, everyone thinks that the project will go ahead and it never does.
    How many owners of this plot of land have sold it off for a tidy profit in the last decade??? countless.......Its a waste of land in a ever so over populated city, its about time a government step in and use it for affordable homes, which are private not council I must add!!!
    P.S. I do find these designs do serve a good purpose but might be a bit too smothering to the iconic Battersea Power Station, it wont be passed by Boris I can assure you that!!
    If it does get passed and does get built, I will eat all the shoes I possess!!!

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  • Mark Hansford

    I agree with Richard - I think the proposals are a massive improvement. James, you clearly have on your Architect's polo neck. But Patrick is right too - this project has had so many false starts it is hard to take it seriously.

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  • Hold on Mark - I'm just putting my polo neck on - ok, I'm ready.

    I take Richard's point about just putting stuff around it, but this is exactly the same scheme with slightly less stuff and no glass tower

    Design should not be about blending, as Richard puts it, rather it should create direction - vibrant and inspiring statements. The problem with this project is that it doesn't respect Battersea as an icon, rather tries to bring it in as part of some overall housing development.

    And to take up Richard's final comment about it looking sustainable, the point of the tower was to create a structure that saved energy and reduced co2. Putting a bit of grass on the roof looks like an attempt to distract from the schemes inherent problems.

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