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Gehry and Foster’s Battersea 'high street' approved


Frank Gehry and Norman Foster’s new ‘high street’ at Battersea Power Station has won planning

Last night (16 October), Wandsworth Council approved plans for the third phase of the £8billion overhaul of the iconic grade II*-listed power station.

Sitting behind the Giles Gilbert Scott-designed landmark, the scheme will create a new pedestrian high street running from Battersea Park Road to the existing power station building.

This phase of the project also includes 1,305 homes. More than 600 of the homes will be provided  in a 17-storey Foster + Partners-designed ‘wave –shaped’ building, while five buildings by Frank Gehry will contain 688 homes.

At street level commercial space, including bars, shops and cafes, will look out onto the new high street.

The scheme also includes a new public park and a community hub building in the form of a glass cube.  

Wandsworth Council’s planning committee chairman Sarah McDermott said: ‘This is quite unlike any of the shopping and leisure destinations we’ve seen built around London in recent times.

‘Both the Gehry and Fosters designs are outstanding. The architecture itself will be great attraction and the new public parks and shopping areas are of the very highest quality.’  

The scheme follows on from the 800-flat first phase development, designed by dRMM and Ian Simpson which started on site last summer.

Wilkinson Eyre and Purcell were selected to take forward the second phase, which included the refurbishment of the main power station structure, in May 2013.

This phase of the scheme is expected to complete in 2020.


Readers' comments (2)

  • The wibbly wobbly fad appears to be alive and well - but for how much longer?

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  • Too bad. The harm that these new blocks will do to the setting of Battersea Power Station is clear from the images. It is not just the scale of the new blocks obscuring Battersea Power Station from most viewpoints, but the way that their aggressive architecture overpowers its serene verticality. And for what? More shops and flats and a derisory “community hub”. This scheme is not worth having. Far better to mothball Battersea Power Station for 25 years and just enjoy it as a landmark. Hopefully a future generation will have a better idea of what to do. I’m sure the HLF would oblige with the funding. If only we had a national heritage protection agency of some kind that could step in to protect important listed buildings from crass and insensitive treatment like this. We could call it English Heritage!

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