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Tuesday29 July 2014

Wilkinson Eyre unveils new images of Battersea Power Station scheme

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£750m redevelopment will go in for planning next month

Wilkinson Eyre has unveiled new images showing how it intends to transform the decaying hulk of Battersea Power Station into a shopping, office, residential and events complex.

The £750 million restoration and redevelopment will include a circular glass lift that will emerge out of the top of one of the rebuilt chimneys giving the public views across London.

The power station itself will open permanently to the public from 2019 with retail and an events space filling the lower floors, 58,000sq m of offices above and 248 flats crowning the scheme.

Wilkinson Eyre's designs for Battersea Power Station

The circular glass lift that will emerge from the rebuilt chimneys

The flats will look on to green spaces dubbed garden squares in the sky, parts of which will be publicly accessible.

The adaptation of the power station is the second phase of Rafael Vinoly’s masterplan to go in for detailed planning.

Wilkinson Eyre's designs for Battersea Power Station

The sky lobby

A week-long public consultation will be launched tomorrow before the application is submitted on December 16.

Enabling work is already under way on phase one, two blocks of flats that will stand between the power station and the railway, designed by Ian Simpson and dRMM. Work has also begun on the Purcell-led restoration of the grade II* building which will take two years.

 

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  • corbs glasses

    I was sceptical of the scheme for the power prior to going on the recent BD organised/competition tour of the power station, I was reassured by Jim Eyre that remnants of the power station would be left for the public to explore, these images show that the power station is very absent. If the approach is to blend the power station into the new, what is the point of keeping the power station? Isn't a key thing with many modern additions to listed/historic/old buildings is the clear delineation between what is old and new. Perhaps some external images of the scheme would help relieve this?

    All I can say is I am thankful I had a chance to visit the Battersea Power Station before its soul is heartlessly ripped out.

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  • Shows how pointless the exercise of keeping the existing structure has been. This could be anywhere.

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  • Welcome to malaysia....

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  • Why should I pay £20 (or whatever the charge will be) to go to the top of a tumescent chimney and look down on the capitalist chaos that is London?

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  • Nurse, the screens!
    Opportunity lost.

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  • Feels like someone like Stanton Williams will be more suited for the job

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  • @corbs glasses - those round glasses were very common in the 1930s. Not only Le Corbusier wore them.

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  • Glitzy faceless architecture, more attune to luxury developments, and with not a smidgeon of social housing for the plebs. This huge site is yet another investment for the East Asian market, and little of London character relating to the Power Station. This should not be allowed to pass at planning unless it included 50% of social housing housing (not 'affordable' housing which is distinctly unaffordable for most Londoners). It is time that the planners and politicians, and the architects reversed the appalling trend to make London a city for the rich and mega rich, by insisting on at least half of each development being geared to cheap rental social housing. Battersea is a traditional working class area that is fast being socially cleansed. If this Coalition does not heed to this catastrophe, Labour and the Greens should make this a key element of their manifestos, including mass building of social housing and units for moderately priced rental or purchase.

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