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Battersea Power Station to get rooftop pool and tennis court

Leisure facilities now feature in the plans for the long-awaited redevelopment of Battersea Power Station, which site owners Real Estate Opportunities (REO) say will be submitted to planning officers in the coming weeks

The revised plans for the regeneration of Battersea Power Station include a rooftop swimming pool and tennis courts, according to Robert Tincknell of REO. Residents will benefit from the facilities, which will be the equivalent to a private residents’ club.

Over the next few weeks the planning application - which includes 60,000m² of office space, 32,500m² of retail space, 154 luxury residential apartments, a conference centre and cultural and creative industry workshops – will be submitted to Wandsworth Borough Council.

Tincknell describes the future centre as a ‘multi mixed-use scheme’.

He added that the redevelopment of the power station was an ‘enormous challenge’ and explained how the varied nature of the project would be beneficial. ‘A mix of use provides a viable use for the building, a blend of uses ensures its viability not only today but also its viability in the future’.

Also included in architect Rafael Vinoly’s plans is a post-graduate centre for art colleges around the country housed in the station’s turbine halls. These massive spaces – equal in size to the turbine halls at the Tate Modern – are intended to be transformed into vast exhibition centres, open to the public.

Work on the project is not expected to start until 2012, with completion predicted in 2020.

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