The redevelopment of Battersea Power Station
Battersea Power Station has always been an iconic landmark on London’s riverbank, and remains as one of the largest brick buildings in the world. Once a coal-powered energy station that closed for business in 1983, plans were launched by Ernest & Young to redevelop the area in 2012. Promising to be a central hub of innovation, read on to discover the history of this iconic station, the proposed phases for development, and how you could rent or buy in this amazing landmark.
A brief history
Designed by Sir Gilbert Scott in 1933, the 113 metre high building was regarded as an art deco masterpiece which comprised of two principal towers of near identical design, which is what the building is famous for. The station generated electricity to homes all across London for over 50 years, at one point supplying 20% of all of London’s electricity needs.
Its closure was bought about by high operating costs and concerns in the 70s over the negative effects of air pollution on public health caused by burning coal, with A station closing 3 years before B station. After a public campaign the latter was declared a heritage site in 1980 when it was granted Grade II* listed status.
The renovation projects
With such a big, impressive city space on offer, the site has attracted various proposals for renovation. In 1983 the Central Electricity Generating Board held a competition for ideas on the redevelopment. A theme park was proposed, but fell through due to lack of funding, and a Parkview and REO proposal also didn't make the cut.
2012 was the turning point for the Station as Ernest & Young entered into an agreement with Malaysian developers SP Setia and Sime Darby to create a brand new residential hub of homes, shops and restaurants.
So, what can we expect from this dynamic new development?
Phase 1: Circus West Village
Completed in 2017, Circus West Village, designed by SimpsonHaugh and Partners dRMM, offers 865 new homes and a mix of restaurants and shops with a new river bus service. With an elevated garden for residents to enjoy, as well as a private residents club on the river, this phase offers village life in the heart of the city. The homes here were designed by the award-winning interior designer Johnson Naylor. Recently the Planning Awards awarded Circus West the best development which has ‘improved or is likely to improve the physical or environmental quality of a place or the economic or social well-being of a community.’ Pretty impressive!
Phase 2: The Power Station
If you want a show-stopper home, this is the zone for you. Split across three neighbourhoods with access to spectacular roof gardens designed by Andy Sturgeon Landscape and Garden Design, life here is elegantly created. This is the site’s stunning centrepiece – the architectural landmark of Britain’s rich industrial heritage, mixed with beautiful interiors designed by Michaelis Boyd Associates, and 3 levels of retail to keep residents entertained. Phase 2 is still being completed.
Phase 3: Electric Boulevard
Home to the distinctive flower building where every apartment will be different, Electric Boulevard will be a vibrant and thriving part of the redevelopment. Stunning roof top gardens designed by James Corner, the architect who designed the famous New York Highline, will sit on the top of the 636 homes styled with 1930s décor, inspired by the original Power Station. A brand new tube station will sit here in 2020, an extension of the northern line, with plans for another train station in Nine Elms to also be created. There will also be a health centre and a unique art’otel (hotel) for guests. Phase 3 is currently under construction.
Four more phases are planned for Battersea Power Station, with the entire development planning to hold over 4,000 homes in total. Future office space is also promised, with the likes of tech-giant Apple looking to create a new London HQ there. The final completion date for the whole development is expected in 2025.
Like what you hear and are interested in learning more about renting or buying here? We are excited to offer both lettings and sales opportunities at Battersea Power Station, already having moved some tenants into Circus West! Please email email@example.com or call our Nine Elms office on: +44 (0)20 7582 7989 to see what opportunities we have available.