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Make’s Battersea gasometer scheme revived

A development partner is being sought to kick-start Make’s 800-home Battersea Gardens gasholders redevelopment in London

Landowner National Grid is on the hunt for a residential development partner for the 2 hectare site close to the Grade II*-listed Battersea Power Station.

Make’s long-awaited residential-led scheme could also include retail, offices, community facilities and public realm improvements.

Frank Filskow, partner at Make said: ‘The Battersea Gardens site forms a key part of the Nine Elms Opportunity Area Planning Framework. Taken together, this opportunity is the largest single area for regeneration in central London since Canary Wharf.

He added: ‘As one piece of the jigsaw, our masterplan has taken into consideration the wider area as well as the fabulous and rare opportunity for a truly wholescale sustainable development. We are looking forward to taking this working relationship forward with any future development partner.’

Jim Moore, joint venture manager at National Grid, said: ‘This site has the potential to deliver a truly sustainable development, providing a significant quantity of valuable employment uses and a large number of affordable and private homes in the heart of London. Key to bringing this forward will be the demolition of the gasholders and public consultation has already commenced to set this in motion.’

In October 2009, a pale-blue 1930s gasholder on the site was granted immunity from listing despite a government report which noted it’s ‘prominence as a local landmark’.

The gasholder site in Battersea, south London

The gasholder site in Battersea, south London


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Readers' comments (1)

  • It’s a great shame that the Certificate of Immunity from Listing was ever granted. As well as being and important local landmark, complementing Battersea Power Station itself, the pale blue gas holder is part of a group of four gas holders built in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, to different designs and with different details, which illustrate how the technology evolved.

    The gas holders contribute to a unique and special industrial landscape in East Battersea, which includes Battersea Power Station, Battersea Water Pumping Station (both listed) and railway viaducts converging on Victoria and Waterloo Stations. (Early aviation companies were based in the railway arches, including Short Brothers, the world’s first aircraft manufacturing company.)

    Any intelligent regeneration plan would embrace all of these unique and special features rather than seek to smother them. There is a good case for reusing the blue 1930’s holder, as has been done at Oberhausen in the Ruhr, where the gas holder there (exactly the same design as the one at Battersea) has become an exhibition building:

    But it was clear from the recent so-called “consultation”, National Grid can’t be bothered to look into alternatives for this site. Instead we are going get yet another private residential development. The inward looking ensemble shown on the model will do nothing for the locality and will only add to the dismal monoculture of luxury housing emerging in East Battersea and Nine Elms.

    Battersea Power Station itself of course will be engulfed in SP Setia’s own appalling residential development, and indeed is unlikely to survive at all once the chimneys have been taken down. It’s all a sorry tale and too bad that the AJ isn’t able to tell it.

    Keith Garner
    020 7585 0421

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