Battersea gasholders to make way for 839 homes

Published: Friday 22nd May 15

Wandsworth Council last night (Thursday) approved a plan to build 839 homes, a nursery, shops and public square on the former Battersea gasholder site in Nine Elms.

The proposal, a joint venture between developer St William and National Grid, would include 201 (24 per cent) affordable homes for local residents to buy or rent at a reduced price.

The new-look site would be open to the public

The four gasholders were decommissioned in 2013 and demolition is already well underway.

The ‘mixed use’ scheme would provide just over 50,000 sq ft of new education or office floorspace. There would be 370 construction jobs created during the building programme and more permanent jobs once it's complete.

The disused gasworks occupies a key position between Battersea Park and the new town centre now being built at Battersea Power Station. The proposal would, with the agreement of Network Rail, create new routes through the site and on through two Victorian railway viaducts which wrap around it. These new links would form key connections in the new area-wide pedestrian and cycle network which is taking shape across Nine Elms.

The plans include 12 new buildings ranging in height from seven up to 26 storeys, designed by architects Squire and Partners.

The developer is set to make a £30million contribution to the cost of extending the Northern Line to this part of Battersea as well as a range of improvements to local community services.

A further £4million is being provided for improvements to neighbouring Battersea Park Station, including a second entrance and new lifts.



Planning committee chair Sarah McDermott said:

“This project will transform another disused industrial site into the new housing our residents need.  It will also create valuable public open space and hundreds of jobs. The proposal comes with well over £30million towards improving community and transport services in Nine Elms which will be absolutely vital to making this new part of the city a success.”

Like all major developers in Nine Elms, St William and National Grid are signing up to a wide-ranging local employment agreement to ensure Wandsworth residents benefit from jobs and training roles during the building process and once it’s complete.

The scheme will also see improvements made to the railway bridge over Prince of Wales Drive and new tree planting.

New pedestrian and cycle links are planned to run through the site and through the railway viaducts

About Nine Elms on the South Bank

  • The Nine Elms on the South Bank regeneration runs from the eastern edge of Battersea Park all the way to Lambeth Bridge.
  • There are more than 30 interconnected development sites across the area including New Covent Garden Market, Riverlight, Embassy Gardens, Battersea Power Station and the new US and Dutch Embassies.  
  • Throughout Nine Elms, everything from roads and schools, to health facilities and basic utilities are being improved to prepare the area for an increase in homes, jobs and visitors.
  • The Northern Line Extension will provide the major transport artery which makes the new Nine Elms possible.
  • Every residential development in Nine Elms includes affordable homes for local people. Around 20,000 homes are being built including around 4,000 affordable properties to rent or buy.
  • Enough new business space is being created to support 25,000 new permanent jobs. A further 22,000 construction jobs are being generated by the area-wide building programme.
  • The Linear Park - a continuous green corridor sweeping through the district from west to east – will provide a landscaped, green and pleasant pathway from Battersea Power Station all the way to Vauxhall.
  • A new stretch of the Thames riverside walk will run the full length of the regeneration area, extending the cultural offer of the world famous South Bank through Vauxhall and all the way to Battersea Park.  
  • An ambitious cycle strategy seeks to create a network of up to 23 interconnected routes including separate bike lanes on main roads like Nine Elms Lane and Battersea Park Road.
  • A new pedestrian and cycle bridge is proposed to cross the Thames from near the site of the new US Embassy and to link with the established communities of Pimlico on the north bank of the river.   

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Recent comments

So sad to see the loss of this historic gasometer, do have a look at the gasometer in Oberhausen website to see what real imagination could have done with it.
Paul Cook

1 June 2015

Where is the railway bridge over Prince of Wales Drive? I have never seen one.
Mrs. Maguire

22 May 2015

We don't need yet more blocks of flats built by greedy developers maximising theirs return on land square footage. The numbers of new homes will put huge pressure on local resources, eg Battersea Park. And families in the area need houses, not box-like flats!

22 May 2015