If Battersea Power Station is on the way to becoming an £8 billion architectural zoo, 2014 was the year that the big beasts rocked up.
In March, Rob Tincknell, the ultra‑smooth boss of the scheme’s development company, announced Frank Gehry and Norman Foster as the designers of two major residential schemes facing each other across a new ‘high street’ running up the approach to Giles Gilbert Scott’s mammoth structure.
The project – phase three of Rafael Viñoly’s masterplan – duly won planning in October. The following month, AJ exclusively revealed the arrival of another international name at Battersea in the form of Danish practice BIG, which is set to make its UK debut with a major new public space on the site, dubbed Malaysia Square, in honour of the far-eastern backers, SP Setia.
However, as London’s housing crisis continues to intensify, the development of the power station has come under fire. Homes for sale at market prices will range from £500,000 for a studio flat to more than £3 million for a three‑bedroomed apartment. Just 15 per cent of all dwellings will be ‘affordable’ and the bulk of these will be delivered in the later phases.
Responding to criticism over these figures, the development company recently brought forward plans for 300 of the affordable properties designed by Patel Taylor.
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