New master plan for London's Battersea Power Station unveiled
By Richard High10 June 2009
Architect Rafael Vinoly has released images of a new "advanced masterplan" for London's iconic Battersea Power Station.
The plan is a complete redesign of the site, which is owned by Real Estate Opportunities (REO) a subsidiary of the site's developer Treasury Holdings UK.
It includes the removal of a proposed 300 m-high glass "chimney" and atrium, which was contested by the London Mayor in advance of the introduction of a new ‘Views Management Framework' for the capital. The proposed changes come despite a public approval rating for the original design of 82% in August 2008.
The revised masterplan, according to Rob Tincknell, managing director of Treasury Holdings UK, will "create a great new place and active district for London", and "play a major part in the delivery of improved public transport in Nine Elms through an extension to the Underground network in South West London."
Mr Tincknell added that the plan was a viable one for "bringing the historic and much loved power station building back to life to make a 21st century contribution to London, a quarter of a century after it stopped generating electricity."
The masterplan includes about 3700 new homes, 1.5 million ft2 (139500 m2) of office space, 500000 ft2 (46500 m2) of retail space, restaurants, a hotel, leisure space and community facilities. About 16500 new jobs will be created within the completed development, alongside with thousands of construction jobs.