Battersea Power Station
Battersea Power Station is a development on the South Bank of Thames in London, SW8.
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After 39 years, the Battersea Power Station was opened to the public on 14th October 2022.
Half of the development site is devoted to shops, restaurants, hotels, green space and spaces for the arts, whilst the other half is residential.
Phases of the Battersea Power Station development
Phase 1, Circus West Village
1A Circus West (2018): SimpsonHaugh (formerly Ian Simpson Architects)
1B Faraday House (2017): de Rijke Marsh Morgan (dRMM)
In 2020: 23 restaurants, cafes, bars, shops and leisure facilities including a cinema and a theatre are open and over 1,000 residents call Battersea Power Station their home.
Phase 2, The Power Station
Architect: Wilkinson Eyre, Purcell. Contractors: Skanska, Buro Happold and Mace. The Grade II* listed building includes 254 apartments, more than 500,000 sq ft of office space, and a unique events and leisure offering.
Phase 3, Electric Boulevard and Malaysia Square
Battersea Roof Gardens: Foster+Partners, Field Operations
Prospect Place: Gehry Partners
Malaysia Square: BIG
Contractor: Sir Robert McAlpine
63 shops, cafes and restaurants. 542 homes. 167-key hotel.
Phase 4A Affordable Housing
Architects: Patel Taylor, JTP. 386 affordable homes with 1 to 4 bedrooms completing late 2021 will be available through Peabody. 12,000sq ft of flexible incubator office space. A new NHS health centre. New public park with children's play area.
Phase 3C Prospect Place 3 & 4
This phase includes two new buildings designed by Gehry Partners.
POWER STATION BUILDING
At the heart of the development is the historic Sir Giles Gilbert Scott designed Battersea Power Station, a Grade II* listed former coal-fired power station which is being restored in consultation with Historic England and will include the Apple office accommodation. The office space in the Power Station comprises six, 80,000 sq. ft. floor plates, which are some of the largest in Central London. This is set around a grand central atrium called the Boiler House Lounge which measures 80m x 20m x 26m.
Gehry Partners has designed the five buildings to the east of The Electric Boulevard, to be known as “Prospect Place” which will house double-height retail units at street level, approximately half of the planned residential units, a community park and multi-use community hub. “Prospect Place” will be anchored by the distinctive “Flower” building.
Between the five buildings, there is a beautiful private garden for residents, reflective of London's famous garden squares. Each building has its front door both at street level and at garden level via The Flower which has a spectacular central entrance lobby.
There is a Gehry Partners-designed Residents' Club extending to 5,000 sq. ft. over an entire floor of The Flower. The club's spaces include extensive social, lounge, library and workspaces spilling out onto the residents' gardens and overlooking the pedestrianised Electric Boulevard below. Private rooms will be available to hire, including a large chef's table and dining room, library/screening room and meeting rooms. There will also be a holistic yoga studio and treatment rooms.
Residents of Prospect Place will also benefit from the excellent amenity spaces within the Foster + Partners-designed Battersea Roof Gardens, including large residents' club at the top of the building with Power Station views, the rooftop residents' garden, and a large gym, also with Power Station views.
Lift 109, The real Chimney Lift Experience, will open to visitors in 2022. IMG will welcome guests to view 360° panoramic views from the Grade II* listed Power Station’s North West Chimney. Visit the virtual Chimney Lift. For tickets and more information see lift109.co.uk.
Foster + Partners has designed the building to the west of The Electric Boulevard, to be known as “The Skyline” which undulates along the line of the boulevard, creating 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 a quarter of a kilometre long, with breathtaking views of the Power Station and the city beyond. Housing the other half of the planned residential units, including the 103 units of affordable housing in its southern end, a medical centre and a 160 room hotel at the northern end, “The Skyline” is a prime example of a multi-functional building.
Circus West, part of Phase I of the development, is located alongside the western edge of the Power Station. Home to residents, workers and visitors the two new buildings are designed by renowned architects' SimpsonHaugh and Partners and dRMM.
PARKS, SQUARES and PIAZZAS
To the north of the Power Station is a six-acre public riverside park, and to the south is a piazza-style town square designed by BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group - known as Malaysia Square, which links to the Electric Boulevard and the new London Underground station located at the development.
50 Electric Boulevard
200,000 sq ft office building designed by Foster+Partners is completing in Summer 2023. See 50 Electric Boulevard profile.
The Rafael Viñoly designed mixed-use master plan comprises a careful blend of residential, offices, shops, leisure and hospitality. The iconic Battersea Power Station, a Grade II* listed building, forms the central focus of the plans and has been carefully restored with public accessibility at its core.
The 39-acre site overlooks over 400 metres of London's famous River Thames, less than a mile and a half from the House of Parliament. It is directly opposite Chelsea and forms the cornerstone of London's last significant regeneration area, Nine Elms.
Battersea Power Station is owned by Malaysian shareholders Sime Darby, SP Setia and The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) whose commitment has undoubtedly unlocked the site's potential. The development is managed by British-based Battersea Power Station Development Company.
Battersea Power Station was originally built in two stages and was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott. Battersea A, completed in 1935, is in the Art Deco style popular at the time, whereas Battersea B, completed in 1955, reflects postwar austerity with its industrial utilitarian design.
Battersea Power Station received outline Planning Consent in August 2011. Phase One received detailed planning consent from The London Borough of Wandsworth on 13th December 2012.
17. March 2016 After 2,5 years on site, Battersea Power Station Phase 1 reached the tallest structure of the project. Topping Out Ceremony was organised by BPS shareholders, BPSDC and Carillion.
First occupiers in the new development
Circus West - open to the public in early 2017.
1. Pedler Cru Neighbourhood Eatery
2. Vagabond Wine Shop and Wine Bar
3. Allens of Battersea Butcher
4. Flour Power City Bakery Bakery and Café
5. The Coffeeworks Project: Coffee shop
6. The General Store General Store
7. No29 21st Century Pub
8. Paul Edmonds Hair Salon
9. Philippa Craddock Florist
10. The Village Hall (in partnership with Battersea Arts Centre)
Source: Battersea Power Station www.batterseapowerstation.co.uk
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