Ian Simpson Architects and de Rijke Marsh Morgan (dRMM) have won the competition to design the first phase of the £5.5 billion Battersea Power Station redevelopment project in south London
Seeing off a high profile shortlist including O’Mahony Pike, Hawkins Brown, Conran & Partners and Glenn Howells, the practices landed the very first detailed design appointment on the 16.2 hectare site.
Over the last 25-year there has been a raft of failed attempts to regenerate the post-industrial landmark by a string of top name architects including Grimshaw and Arup Associates.
Now Simpson and Striling Prize-shortlisted dRMM will work under masterplanner Rafael Viñoly to design a 90,000m² ‘opening piece’ for the development.
Planned to start on site in 2012, the £250 million first phase features two mixed-use structures built to the west of Giles Gilbert Scott’s Grade II*-listed power station.
Ian Simpson Architects will design the larger building featuring student flats and a 120-room hotel while dRMM will focus on an adjacent private housing block. The practices will also devise a ‘placebrand’ strategy for the site which borders a Victorian railway viaduct.
Simpson of Ian Simpson Architects said he was ‘delighted’ to have won the role while Alex de Rijke of dRMM said their proposals ‘[aimed] to provide pioneering architecture that accentuates the ideals and aspirations of the masterplan.’
Rafael Viñoly, who will work for developer Treasury Holdings as ‘Architect in Chief’ for the site, said: ‘Both architects demonstated a bold design approach whilst remaining commercially realistic and understanding of the original vision. I look forward to working with them both.’
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles this week gave the final nod of approval for the development which when completed will feature 3,400 new homes and 160,000m² of office space.
Rob Tincknell, Treasury Holdings managing director said: ‘It has always been important for us to create architectural diversity and an interesting aesthetic for this site; the largest redevelopment in Central London.
It was our ambition to stage the competition in a different way, in order to draw out the skill and innovation of the architects, with the intention of lifting the bar in terms of design.
The designs put forward captured both the drama and architectural significance of the site, whilst complementing Rafael Viñoly’s overall vision. We are delighted to have both Ian Simpson Architects and dRMM on board the project and we are excited to work with them and Rafael Viñoly to bring forth the initial phase of this exciting redevelopment project.’