Work starts on Power Station revival
Published: 4 July 2013
The Prime Ministers of the UK and Malaysia met with Wandsworth Council leader Ravi Govindia at Battersea Power Station today to celebrate official ground breaking of this vast regeneration project.
Prime Ministers David Cameron and Najib Razak and Cllr Govindia were joined at the event by Rob Tincknell of the Battersea Power Station Development Company, Jane Ellison MP, Tan Sri Liew Kee Sin of S P Setia, Tan Sri Dato' Mohd Bakke Salleh of Sime Darby and Datuk Shahril Ridza Ridzuan of Employees' Provident Fund (EPF).
S P Setia, Sime Darby and Employees' Provident Fund (EPF) make up the Malaysian consortium which bought the iconic site last year and are now pressing ahead with its revival.
Work has now officially begun on constructing the masterplan, which will see this former industrial site become home to a vibrant new neighbourhood and will bring the Tube to Battersea.
The redevelopment of the 39-acre Battersea Power Station site will lead to the creation of 3,500 new homes, shops, cafés, restaurants and offices, set amidst a new 6 acre riverside park and with the fully restored Grade II* listed Power Station at its heart and open to the public.
The redevelopment of the site will generate 15,000 new jobs and see the restoration of the historic Power Station. It will be a key element of the extensive redevelopment of Nine Elms on South Bank.
As well as a new Tube station, the development will create a new river bus pier for Battersea, making it one of the most accessible destinations in London .
Leader of Wandsworth Council Ravi Govindia said: "This project is lifting the fortunes of an entire district and will bring the Tube to Battersea for the very first time. New jobs and opportunities will flow from this development for years to come and we are working with everyone involved to ensure local people reap the benefits.
"We are now watching this part of Battersea transform from London 's logistics centre to a brand new residential and businesses distinct with a revived power station at its heart. The new Nine Elms will be a fantastic new venue on London 's tourist map and a new engine for growth. We have already attracted more than £15bn of new investment to this part of the South Bank and there is no sign of it slowing down. Battersea has an incredibly exciting future."
Construction works on Circus West, which is the first phase of the power station masterplan, are scheduled for completion in 2016.
The renovation of the Grade II* listed Power Station itself will get underway later this year. This will involve the iconic chimneys being painstakingly rebuilt to the precise design and specification of the originals, but to modern structural standards, and they will remain the centrepiece of the site in the new development.
Chief Executive of Battersea Power Station Development Company Rob Tincknell, said:
"Redeveloping a site which is home to such an iconic building is a massive responsibility. An outstanding team has been assembled to undertake that work. On behalf of the shareholders and owners, we look forward to working with all our partners and stakeholders as we work towards creating a vibrant new neighbourhood with the world-famous profile of the Power Station at its heart. "
Wandsworth residents can find out about training and job opportunities in Nine Elms on the South Bank regeneration area by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cllr Govindia continues: "As construction activity continues to rise across Nine Elms a steady stream of job, apprenticeship and training roles are coming forward which we are targeting towards our local residents.
"The first of our dedicated job advisors are now in place who will help local people with their applications, link candidates to opportunities which are right for them and sort out any pre-job training needed to boost confidence and get candidates ready for the workplace.
"Some of the new roles will suit experienced local trades people while others are entry level jobs which include all the on-site and classroom learning you need to get established in the jobs market.
"To get started with your application email email@example.com."
For more information on the regeneration programme visit http://www.nineelmslondon.com/