COD 2014 London Conference: Big Cities | Big Ideas : Battersea Power Station

Image courtesy of Wilkinson Eyre Architects

Image courtesy of Wilkinson Eyre Architects

Battersea Power Station Development

Battersea Power Station is the iconic centerpiece of Central London’s most visionary and eagerly anticipated new development.  Located on a 42-acre site on the south bank of the River Thames, with 1,380 feet of frontage onto the River Thames, Battersea Power Station is just under a mile and a half from the Houses of Parliament, across from Chelsea and forming the cornerstone of the new Nine Elms quarter – central London’s last regeneration opportunity of its sort and home to the new US Embassy.

A mixed-use master plan by Viñoly comprises a careful blend of residential, offices, shops, leisure and hospitality. The iconic Battersea Power Station will form the central focus of the plans and will be carefully restored with public accessibility at its core.  The development will feature 18 acres of open space.  The Power Station site is designated as a new town center for the area, with a new High Street, town square and tube station which will be served by the Northern Line Extension of the London Underground.

Phase One work, due for completion in 2016, includes the Circus West at Battersea Power Station, a mix of apartments, townhouses and penthouses as well as a blend of offices, shops, leisure and hospitality spaces.

Phase Two delivers the restoration of the Grade II* listed Power Station, which is expected to open in 2019. The proposal will create a genuinely mixed use development and give public access to the iconic listed building, new shops, cafés and restaurants, office space and 254 new homes. Restoration work began in October 2013.

Phase Three is a key part of the regeneration of the Battersea site, and will feature the new high street, The Electric Boulevard. This will be the main gateway to the entire Battersea development, connecting the Northern Line Extension station with the Power Station itself.

The third phase will comprise over 1,300 homes in a range of sizes and styles in two zones on either side of the boulevard. In addition, a 160 room hotel and 350,000 sq ft. of retail and restaurant space plus additional leisure space will be delivered as part of the proposals

The five buildings to the east of The Electric Boulevard, designed by Gehry Partners will house double-height retail units at street level, approximately half of the planned residential units, a community park and multi-use community hub.

The building to the west of The Electric Boulevard designed by Foster + Partners undulates along the line of the boulevard and creates a unique building profile. Two floors of retail units will front on to the western side and huge breaks in the façade will allow light through to the public spaces below, while creating amazing gardens in the sky. The top of the entire building is given over to one of London’s largest roof gardens, over 800 feet long, with breathtaking views of the Power Station and the city beyond.  Plans for Phase 3 were unveiled in April 2013.

Rafael Viñoly Architects | Master Plan

Ian Simpson Architects and de Rijke Marsh Morgan | PHASE 1 Circus West at Battersea Power Station

Wilkinson Eyre | PHASE 2 Battersea Power Station

Gehry Partners | PHASE 3

Foster + Partners | PHASE 3

For more information on the Battersea Power Station, please click through: Battersea Press pack inserts

Aerial view of Masterplan

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Image courtesy of Foster and Partners

Image courtesy of Foster + Partners

Image courtesy of Gehry and Partners

Image courtesy of Gehry and Partners





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