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Rafael Viñoly’s Battersea chimney dropped

Rafael Viñoly’s plans for a 250m-tall glass chimney over Battersea Power Station appear to have been dropped by its developer

The tower was central to Viñoly’s designs for the £4 billion overhaul of Giles Gilbert Scott’s abandoned Grade II*-listed power station, owned by Treasury Holdings. It would apparently have drawn fresh air into an ‘eco dome’ beneath housing 250,000m2 of office space.

Local opponents of the scheme have welcomed the rumours but question whether the chimney was ever a serious suggestion.

‘They should never have advocated this in the first place,’ said Keith Garner of the Battersea Power Station Community Group. ‘All they’ve done is waste fees and delay the development of a viable project.’

The proposed height of the chimney was reduced by 50m in December following concerns about its impact on the London skyline.

Garner also questions whether developer Land Securities – itself a subject of a rights issue at the moment – will ever start work on the site, or simply sell it on again as the last owner did for a multi million-pount profit.

‘For the last 15 years developers have been going to start “next year”,’ says Garner. ‘What they really need to do is open part of the building and start work.’

Treasury Holdings declined to comment on the rumours but a spokesman said it still planned to put forward an application some time this year, probably in the summer.

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