Power station 'phase three' approved

Published: 17 October 2014

Wandsworth Council has last night (Thursday) approved detailed plans for the south west corner of the Battersea Power Station development site.

'Phase three' of the scheme's masterplan will create a new pedestrian high street running from Battersea Park Road to the power station building. This would be the main gateway to site from the south and will include entrances to the new Northern Line tube station below. 

The scheme also includes a new pedestrian subway underneath Battersea Park Road, linking Stewards Road with the new power station development and providing another route into tube station. 

A total of 1,305 homes would be built in this phase, including 103 which will be available for Wandsworth residents on low and middle incomes to rent at a reduced rate.

Battersea Power Station is one of around 30 development sites in Nine Elms on the South Bank. Across the entire regeneration area around 18,000 homes are being built alongside enough business space to support 25,000 jobs. 

To the  west of the new high street will be a distinctive wave shaped building designed by Foster and Partners. This 17 storey building will include six large gaps to allow light to pass through and providing views of the power station from the train line on the other side.

The building will include one of London’s largest roof gardens extending the full length of the building.

There will be 617 homes in the Foster's scheme with the two  lower floors facing onto the new high street providing two levels of commercial space for shops, café, bars and other uses. The building will also include a 167 room hotel and a health clinic.

To the  east  of the new high street the scheme has been designed by American architect  Frank Gehry and includes five main buildings ranging in height from 16 to 17 storeys. These include the striking ‘Flower’ building (pictured) which sits at the heart of the cluster. 

This side of phase three will provide 688 homes, a gym and more shops, cafes, bars and restaurants on the lower levels.

There will be new public park called Prospect  Park which will include a children’s play ground and a community hub building in the form of a glass cube. 

The target date for completion of phase three is 2020 which is when TfL expects the Northern Line Extension to be up and running. This will provide journey times from Battersea to the West End and the City of around 15 minutes.

Phase one and two of the power station masterplan already have detailed planning permission from Wandsworth Council and are well underway. These earlier phases include new buildings in the north west corner of the site, a new riverside park and the complete restoration of the power station building. 

Wandsworth Council’s planning committee chairman Cllr Sarah McDermott said:

"This is quite unlike any of the shopping and leisure destinations we’ve seen built around London in recent times. Battersea Power Station will be a unique place and we look forward to this seeing these exciting plans become a reality. 

"Both the Ghery and Fosters designs are outstanding. The architecture itself will be great attraction and the new public parks and shopping areas are of the very highest quality.

"New homes, jobs and economic growth will flow from this development and the site's owners are delivering on their promise of a world class destination. This is great news for Battersea and for London."

Leader of Wandsworth Council Ravi Govindia said:

"People have wondered what the new Nine Elms will be like and how it will measure up to the rest of the South Bank.  These designs, alongside the others we have already approved, are turning that curiosity to excitement. 

"Our outline plans are now being coloured in by some of the world’s most brilliant designers and the area’s character is taking shape. Almost everywhere you look in Nine Elms there are exceptional things happening and valuable new opportunities being created for local people."

You can view the planning committee paper on the council's website. 

About Nine Elms on the South Bank 

Nine Elms on the South Bank is one of Europe's biggest regeneration programmes.

More than 18,000 new homes will be built and enough business space to support up to 25,000 jobs. 

A further 22,000 construction jobs will be created during the area-wide building programme. Wandsworth Council if helping unemployed local residents secure these valuable opportunities via a dedicated recruitment service.

The Northern Line Extension will provide the major transport artery which makes the new Nine Elms possible. An infrastructure project championed by Wandsworth Council, it has now won financial support from the Government and is working its way through the planning system. 

A brand new public fresh produce market and centre for London's foodies will be created at New Covent Garden Market. 

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.   

Major developments now on site include Riverlight, Embassy Gardens, Battersea Power Station and the new US Embassy.

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