As the first residential properties are lined up for sale, campaigners warn that one of the most iconic views of Battersea Power Station will be lost
The Malaysian consortium behind the £8 billion Rafael Vinoly scheme said 800 homes in residential blocks by Ian Simpson Architects and dRMM, which are sandwiched between the power station and railway tracks, will go on sale in January.
At the moment thousands of visitors and commuters using the tracks into and out of London Victoria are treated to one of the most famous views of the redundant power station as the train slows to cross the river.
Battersea-based architect Keith Garner said the loss of view would be bad for London: ‘Commuters and tourists go past the building at very close quarters, past this amazing edifice.
‘It is a great experience that tells you “you are here”, “you have arrived” at your journey’s end.’ Garner added: ‘This monumental building will be diminished by massive, overscale building’.
Wandsworth Council is yet to grant planning permission, with a decision due this month.
Even if the scheme does get the green light few Londoners will be in a position to snap up one of the phase one flats. Far East investors are being targeted and prices range from £750,000 for a studio flat to around £3 million for a 5-bed apartment.
The Twentieth Century Society has also raised concers about the latest planning application. The society’s Henrietta Billings said: ‘We remain very concerned about the obscuring of these cherished views.’
She added: ‘We had concerns about the massing and density of the master plan and we are still concerned. It is too much and too big. But now the masterplan has gone through our emphasis is on the retention of the [power station] chimneys.’
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