Developer denies sidelining Viñoly at Battersea
Developer Treasury Holdings has denied that starchitect Rafael Viñoly has been pushed aside on the £4 billion project to redesign Battersea Power Station in South London
The landowner has scotched rumours that John Thompson & Partners (JTP) had been brought into to help masterplan the site.
In a statement released to the AJ, Treasury Holdings’ managing director Robert Tincknell said: ‘There has not been, nor is there intended to be any change to Rafael Vinoly Associates (RVA) appointment as masterplanners for this project.
‘JTP have not taken over any aspect of the masterplanning design work which remains firmly in the hands of RVA.’
According to Tincknell JTP had always been involved in the project – ‘since before we actually owned the site’ - and continued to help with ‘some of the more technical aspects of the work such as Statement of Community Involvement’.
However Treasury Holdings did say that more architects could be brought in as the scheme progressed and that had been the intention from the start of the £4 billion project.
‘Following approval of the masterplan, we will review whether to appoint other architects alongside Rafael Vinoly to deliver individual buildings.’
Extended extracts from Robert Tincknell’s statement to the AJ will be published in next week’s issue. The AJ apologises for any misunderstanding that may have been caused by the article in AJ 23.04.09.