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Work starts at last on Battersea Power Station


ENABLING WORKS for conversion of the Battersea Power Station hulk into a mixed use complex got underway last week, NCE can report.

Work on the leisure, retail, business and housing complex started nearly a year after designs by engineers Buro Happold, Atelier One and architect Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners were granted planning approval.

Partial demolition of a Grade II listed building on the site is being carried out to allow for diversion of water mains owned by Thames Water, Wandsworth Borough Council planning department confirmed this week.

A spokeswoman for developer Parkview International said contractors had been invited to tender for further site works packages.

Parkview wants to complement redevelopment of the power station and 14.5ha of surrounding land by building a pedestrian bridge across the Thames, designed by Arup's Millennium Bridge team.

There are also plans for a major overhaul of nearby Battersea Park and Queenstown Road overland rail stations, a dedicated light rail link to Victoria mainline station, landings for river bus services and major road widening to improve access to the site.

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