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Battersea Power Station phase one scoops planning

Ian Simpson Architects’ and dRMM’s 800-home phase one redevelopment of Battersea Power Station has won detailed planning permission

Sat between the Grade II*-listed power station and nearby railway tracks, the 102,200m² scheme features retail, a theatre and 800 apartments.

Planned to start on site in September next year, the project includes a large glass-clad building designed by Ian Simpson which shares a podium with a smaller dRMM-designed timber-clad block.

The scheme is the first phase in Rafael Vinoly’s £8 billion masterplan for the Giles Gilbert Scott-designed building which has evaded redevelopment for the past 30 years.

Its approval comes after Chancellor George Osborne announced a £1 billion loan to extend the Northern Line to Battersea Power Station.

Both the Twentieth Century Society and Battersea-based architect Keith Garner raised concerns the development would obscure ‘cherished’ views of the iconic brick masterpiece.

Garner said: ‘It is telling that the first phase is not the power station itself which continues to be neglected.’

He said it was a ‘disgrace’ views of the power station could be obstructed. ‘From 1955 when it was completed you have always been able to see the power station. The building should not be built because is it a disaster in townscape terms.’

He went on to question the ‘social purpose’ of the redevelopment, adding: ‘Battersea Power Station should be brought back into public ownership and repaired using lottery money.’

The developer meanwhile announced it would accelerate its sale programme following the planning win.

Battersea Power Station Development Company chief executive Rob Tincknell said: ‘We are absolutely delighted that we have the green light on the detailed planning permission for the first phase of Battersea Power Station.

‘In the wake of last week’s announcement by the UK government to support the extension of the Northern Line underground line to Battersea and Nine Elms, we have seen a new rush of interest in the development from potential purchasers. It is incredibly exciting for us that we will be selling residential units off plan next month.’

Nick Cuff chair of planning at local authority Wandsworth Council said:  ‘This project will restore one of London’s most iconic landmarks and create the first segment of a remarkable new town centre on the Thames riverside. The site’s vast empty spaces will be gradually brought to life with new homes, a riverside park and a new commercial centre supporting hundreds of jobs.

‘Last night’s decision is another important step towards extending the Northern Line to this site and comes just days after the Government announced it will underpin this vital infrastructure project with a £1bn loan guarantee. This scheme is the key to creating a total of 16,000 new homes and 25,000 new jobs across the entire Nine Elms on the South Bank district.

‘This council has worked long and hard to bring the Tube to Battersea and to realise this area’s enormous potential. We are now within touching distance.’

 

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