Rob Tincknell: ‘Committed to Battersea’
After years of delays and false starts Rob Tincknell, chief executive of the Battersea Power Station Development Company, talks about delivering the latest vision for the new owners of the iconic London landmark
What does it feel like to be back in charge of Battersea Power Station’s redevelopment?
This is an enormously exciting project and I’m thrilled to be leading it. The combination of financial strength, broad political support, secured planning permission and the Northern Line extension gives me immense confidence that we’ll succeed in creating a stunning new town centre for London.
What does it mean to have a UK team leading the project?
Our London experience and contacts are strong and will enable a smooth delivery process. The backbone of the team also has plenty of experience in delivering large-scale, mixed-use schemes such as Battersea. The power station has long been held as a symbol for British design and industry, and this will be mirrored as we move forward.
Why are you the right person to oversee the project?
My experience of delivering large-scale developments around the world that are both residential and commercial has given me a broad outlook that will be essential going forward.
What impact has the new Malaysian owner had on the overall vision?
The main principles of the masterplan, which gained planning permission, will remain broadly the same. The Malaysian owner will make this vision a reality by injecting energy, enthusiasm and, most importantly, experience into the project.
What changes could be made to the masterplan over the project’s 15-year timescale?
The new owners have extensive knowledge and experience of large, mixed-use developments and placemaking. There are no plans for any material change, but there is a possibility of minor improvements over the lifetime of the project.
What sort of architecture could feature in later phases and how will you procure future architects?
It was always the intention to create a variety of architectural forms and structures on the site, and having a number of architects working on the project to deliver Rafael Viñoly’s vision is the best way to achieve this goal.
What is the single most important ingredient needed to ensure success this time around? Commitment, and that is now in place.