Battersea Power Station phase one submitted for planning
The first phase of Battersea Power Station’s £8 billion redevelopment by Ian Simpson and dRMM has been submitted for planning. The Twentieth Century Society has criticised the proposal for blocking views
Planned to start on site next year and complete by 2013, the 102,200m² scheme features retail, a theatre and 800 apartments.
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 Twentieth Century Society has already raised concerns about the proposal – which will sit between Giles Gilbert Scott’s Grade II*-listed brick masterpiece and railway tracks – claiming it would ‘obscure cherished views’ of the landmark from nearby Chelsea Bridge Road.
In a statement the society said: ‘The Twentieth Century Society remains concerned about the height of the proposed building to west of the power station which rises to 17 storeys. It will obscure cherished views of the power station from Chelsea Bridge Road, and other long distance views.’
It added: ‘In terms of works to the power station building, we see the four chimneys as absolutely fundamental to the building’s historic importance and iconic status.
‘They remain the most recognisable element of the structure and a key part of London’s skyline. We urge the new owners to take this unique opportunity to change their strategy and ensure that these historic chimneys are retained as part of the forthcoming phase 2 works to this grade II * listed building.’
The overall 940,000m² masterplan for the crumbling building, designed by Rafeal Vinioly, includes 3,500 apartments and a 2.4 hectare park and is planned to complete by 2024.
Postscript: Comment from the Battersea Power Station Development Company
The 2011 Masterplan has been approved, which included a Townscape, Conservation and Visual Impact Assessment (TCVIA), including an assessment of the potential impact that the proposed redevelopment will have on the surrounding townscape character and views. Key views from central London relating to the London Management View Framework SPG as well as important local views were tested in relation to each option: conclusions regarding harm or otherwise to the setting of key historic assets, including the Power Station itself, were reached in the context of relevant national, regional and local planning policy, and these were shared with all the statutory consultees including English Heritage.
In addition, a TCVIA was submitted as part of the Reserved Matters application; the architects [Ian Simpson Architects] and dRMM have closely followed the Design Codes and massing parameters set by Rafael Vinoly Architects and have arranged the forms and materials of the buildings in this submission so as to build on the design objectives established in the 2011 Masterplan.
The chimneys will remain a prominent landmark in views from all directions.
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