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Gehry and Foster reveal new 'high street' for Battersea Power Station

Frank Gehry and Norman Foster have revealed the first images of a proposed new ‘high street’ at Battersea Power Station

The 1,300-home scheme marks the third phase of the £8billion overhaul of the iconic Grade II*-listed structure overlooking the Thames.

Sitting behind Giles Gilbert Scott’s landmark, the residential-led proposals are being billed as London’s first new high street for more than 100 years and are part of Rafael Viñoly’s wider 3,400-home masterplan for the site.

The competition-winning project features five blocks of apartments, including a titanium-clad building called The Flower, and will be Gehry Partners’ first permanent development in London.

Gehry said: ‘Our goal from the start has been to create a neighbourhood that connects into the historic fabric of the city of London, but one that has its own identity and integrity. We have tried to create humanistic environments that feel good to live in and visit.’

The scheme follows on from the 800-flat first phase development, designed by dRMM and Ian Simpson and which started on site last summer. Wilkinson Eyre and Purcell were selected to take forward the second phase, which included the refurbishment of the main power station structure, in May 2013.

The Electric Boulevard and The Skyline

The Electric Boulevard and The Skyline at Battersea Power Station

Other comments:

Rob Tincknell, chief executive of Battersea Power Station Development Company
‘We’ve set out to make Battersea a showcase for the world’s very best architects and the designs we are unveiling today demonstrate that commitment in action.

‘Phase 3 is an important part of our plans for the power station site, creating a new thoroughfare which will be at the heart of the new vibrant community. We are determined to create a genuine sense of place, and developing landmark buildings in which people are proud to make their home and work in is vital to us achieving that aim.’

Ed Vaizey, Culture Minister
‘Battersea Power Station is an iconic site and the unveiling of this exciting new design by Frank Gehry and Foster + Partners will ensure the development of this former industrial site will put Battersea on the world stage once again.

‘The plans for a new high street for the capital show that London continues to attract the best in terms of architecture, design and innovation.’

Grant Brooker, design director and senior partner at Foster + Partners
‘We moved our own office to Wandsworth almost 25 years ago – the borough is very important to us, so we were absolutely delighted to be chosen by the shareholders of Battersea Power Station to be part of this inspiring regeneration project. It will transform the area and create a vibrant new district for south London that we can all be proud of.’

Battersea aerial - Foster and Gehry

Battersea aerial - Foster and Gehry

Previous story (AJ 23.10.13)

Gehry and Foster snap up Battersea Power Station jobs

Frank Gehry and Norman Foster have been chosen to design the latest phase of Battersea Power Station’s £8billion overhaul

The high-profile architects are the latest to be appointed to work up detailed designs for Rafael Viñoly’s 3,400-home masterplan for the ageing south London landmark.

The 800-flat first phase designed by dRMM and Ian Simpson started on site this summer and Wilkinson Eyre and Purcell were selected to refurbish iconic Grade II*-listed structure in May.

Gehry and Foster have been chosen to design the project’s residential ‘High Street’ comprising two buildings which form the southern approach to Giles Gilbert Scott’s brick masterpiece from the planned Northern Line Extension.

Foster – whose studio has been based at nearby Ransome’s Dock in Battersea for the past 25 years – will design the High Street’s west building. Along with dRMM and Ian Simpson’s first phase, the structure will be one of the 15 hectare development’s most visible elements from passing commuter trains.

Meanwhile Gehry – who has yet to complete a permanent building in London – has been chosen to work up designs for the High Street’s east building. The development will feature a ‘strikingly sculptural form’ at its centre, reported The Financial Times, however images have yet to be revealed.

Both structures will be mostly residential and together feature 1,200 residential units, a 200 room hotel, 32,500m² of retail, a 1,400m² library and additional leisure space.

Gehry said: ‘Our goal is to help create a neighbourhood and a place for people to live that respects the iconic Battersea Power Station while connecting it into the broader fabric of the city.  We hope to create a design that is uniquely London, that respects and celebrates the historical vernacular of the city.’

Foster + Partners’ design director Grant Brooker said: ‘We moved our own office to Wandsworth almost twenty five years ago – the Borough is very important to us, so we were absolutely delighted to be chosen to be part of this inspiring regeneration project for the Battersea Power Station redevelopment.’

Rob Tincknell, Battersea Power Station Development Company chief executive, added: ‘We are thrilled to have two such well regarded architectural practices join the team and for Battersea Power Station to be the home to Gehry’s first building in London. 

‘This clearly demonstrates both the quality and the design aspirations which our shareholders are determined to achieve, as well as the extraordinary design solutions which the site deserves.’

Readers' comments (2)

  • Nice, but isn't the 'High Street' there either Kings road or Clapham? If one takes a look at how they are fairing will give an impression of the necessity of 'more'.

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  • In all this mass of housing -is all luxury and high end units for sale to the rich and mega-rich, many from the far-east and Russia. Where is the social and affordable housing that is sorely needed in London -in order to have a proper social mix - and for the thousands of workers who will serve in the shops, the cleaners and technical workforce who will be needed to service this development. It looks from the visual material and descriptions provided so far that the workers will not be housed here. It is a national disgrace, and immoral and unethical that all sections of society will bit be able to enjoy living here. There should be 30-50% quota of affordable and social housing in every one of these major developments, insisted on as a requirement for planning permission being granted.

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