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Round two: CABE upholds Battersea Power Station support

CABE has issued another positive design review for the Battersea Power Station redevelopment, calling only for small changes to Rafael Vinoly’s masterplan

This is the second time CABE has commented on the project’s planning application and at least the seventh time the scheme has been design reviewed.  

The government design watchdog’s latest public statement praised the ‘robust’ and ‘convincing’ proposals for redeveloping the Grade II* Listed Giles Gilbert Scott-designed structure.

CABE’s report said: ‘The masterplan is convincing and, following a process of pre-application consultation, we are confident of its robustness. We support the principles of the architectural detail and think the design code, although perhaps over prescriptive in some areas, will be effective.’  

Concerns were however raised about the new builds’ massing and how this would affect views of the iconic power station.

But the report said: ‘Inevitably for a development of this scale and complexity there are areas that require further resolution.’

The enormous planning application is expected to go before committee in mid October.

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