Latest Battersea Power Station Development plans feature 'affordable' homes
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Development
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The plans for the next phase of the regeneration of Battersea Power Station have been revealed.
Phase three will include over 1,300 new homes, 103 of which will be made available at 'affordable' prices.
Following an international design competition held in September 2013, architectural firms Gehry Partners and Foster + Partners were chosen for the designs they had for new homes and a pedestrianised retail street in the area to the south of the iconic building.
Phase three is a key part of the regeneration of the Battersea site, and will feature a new high street for London, to be known as 'The Electric Boulevard'.
This will be the main gateway to the entire Battersea development, connecting the Northern Line Extension station with the power station itself, and is at the heart of the new community being created on the 42-acre site.
The site's new homes will be in a range of sizes and styles in two zones on either side of the boulevard.
In addition, a 160-room hotel and 350,000 sq ft of retail and restaurant space plus additional leisure space will be delivered as part of the proposals.
Gehry Partners has worked on projects such as the Guggenheim in Bilbao and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in the practice’s home city of Los Angeles.
The firm has designed five buildings to the east of The Electric Boulevard, to be known as 'Prospect Place', which will house double-height retail units at street level, approximately half of the planned residential units, a community park and multi-use community hub.
Rob Tincknell, CEO of Battersea Power Station Development Company, said: “We have set out to make Battersea a showcase for the world’s very best architects and the designs we are unveiling today demonstrate that commitment in action.
"Phase three is an important part of our plans for the Power Station site, creating a new thoroughfare which will be at the heart of the new vibrant community. We are determined to create a genuine sense of place, and developing landmark buildings in which people are proud to make their home and work in is vital to us achieving that aim.”
Frank Gehry, founder of Gehry Partners, said: “Our goal from the start has been to create a neighbourhood that connects into the historic fabric of the city of London, but one that has its own identity and integrity. We have tried to create humanistic environments that feel good to live in and visit.”
The Battersea Power Station master plan, designed by Rafael Vinoly, comprises over 3,400 homes as well as offices, shops, restaurants, bars, cafes, hotels, community and leisure facilities and 18 acres of open space.
Work began on phase one of the development, known as Circus West, in July 2013 while work on the restoration of the Grade II listed power station itself is gathering pace, with the reconstruction of the first of the iconic chimneys to the original specifications set to start shortly.
Ed Vaizey, Culture Minister, said: “Battersea Power Station is an iconic site and the unveiling of this exciting new design by Frank Gehry and Foster + Partners will ensure the development of this former industrial site will put Battersea on the world stage once again.
"The plans for a new high street for the capital show that London continues to attract the best in terms of architecture, design and innovation.”
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