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Riverside park at Battersea Power Station to open this summer

{Images] Battersea Power Station owner Treasury Holdings has submitted a planning application for a one-hectare riverside park and released new images showing its plans for the site

Aimed at meeting people’s ‘desire’ to visit the landmark, Treasury Holdings claims the park would open the site to the public for the first time.

Plans submitted to Wandsworth Council would create a landscaped garden that would connect the power-station site to existing riverside paths and nearby Battersea Park.

Pipped as a ‘destination of choice’ for Londoners and visitors to the capital, the one-hectare park is expected to open in July and could host a programme of community events.

Jeremy Castle, planning director of Treasury Holdings explained: ‘Our recently-approved plans include a new six-acre riverside park, and we are delighted to announce our intention to open part of the park from this summer, and to connect the River Walk between Battersea Park and Central London.

‘For the first time, the public will be able to get close to the Power Station and to walk through the site. This is in recognition of all the time that local people have spent working with us and for the huge support that we have received. The new park will begin to add a sense of place around the Power Station.’

Robert Tincknell, managing director of Treasury Holdings, revealed at a New London Architecture conference earlier this month that interim plans for the 16.2 hectare site included the possibility of commissioning architects to design pop-up structures.

A spokesperson for the developer said: ‘We’re working on a strategy for the site which could include a number of potential activities.’

The spokesperson confirmed there had been ‘initial discussion’ with artists and architects but said the company had ‘just started thinking about this’. Further details are expected to be revealed in the coming months.

The Rafael Viñoly-masterplanned scheme to redevelop the Grade II*-listed power station will create 3,400 new homes with 158,000m² of office space and 139,000m² of commercial space.

Construction on an Ian Simpson and dRMM-designed initial phase is scheduled to commence in early 2012 and complete in 2016. The remaining development is planned for completion in 2024.

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