Frank Gehry and Norman Foster have been chosen to design the latest phase of Battersea Power Station’s £8billion overhaul
The high-profile architects are the latest to be appointed to work up detailed designs for Rafael Viñoly’s 3,400-home masterplan for the ageing south London landmark.
The 800-flat first phase designed by dRMM and Ian Simpson started on site this summer and Wilkinson Eyre and Purcell were selected to refurbish iconic Grade II*-listed structure in May.
Gehry and Foster have been chosen to design the project’s residential ‘High Street’ comprising two buildings which form the southern approach to Giles Gilbert Scott’s brick masterpiece from the planned Northern Line Extension.
Foster – whose studio has been based at nearby Ransome’s Dock in Battersea for the past 25 years – will design the High Street’s west building. Along with dRMM and Ian Simpson’s first phase, the structure will be one of the 15 hectare development’s most visible elements from passing commuter trains.
Meanwhile Gehry – who has yet to complete a permanent building in London – has been chosen to work up designs for the High Street’s east building. The development will feature a ‘strikingly sculptural form’ at its centre, reported The Financial Times, however images have yet to be revealed.
Both structures will be mostly residential and together feature 1,200 residential units, a 200 room hotel, 32,500m² of retail, a 1,400m² library and additional leisure space.
Gehry said: ‘Our goal is to help create a neighbourhood and a place for people to live that respects the iconic Battersea Power Station while connecting it into the broader fabric of the city. We hope to create a design that is uniquely London, that respects and celebrates the historical vernacular of the city.’
Foster + Partners’ design director Grant Brooker said: ‘We moved our own office to Wandsworth almost twenty five years ago – the Borough is very important to us, so we were absolutely delighted to be chosen to be part of this inspiring regeneration project for the Battersea Power Station redevelopment.’
Rob Tincknell, Battersea Power Station Development Company chief executive, added: ‘We are thrilled to have two such well regarded architectural practices join the team and for Battersea Power Station to be the home to Gehry’s first building in London.
‘This clearly demonstrates both the quality and the design aspirations which our shareholders are determined to achieve, as well as the extraordinary design solutions which the site deserves.’