Wednesday, 24 February 2010
Government Agency backs Battersea Power Station redevelopment
Battersea Power Station is an iconic London landmark. The famous cream coloured chimneys, dramatically erupting out of the station’s striking Art Deco brickwork, are as integral to the London skyline as Nelson’s Column or Tower Bridge. But ever since it stopped producing electricity in 1983, the power station has gradually descended into a sorry state of decay.
Proposals for the redevelopment of Europe's largest brick building have come and gone but now it appears as if a realistic proposal for development may finally get full approval as the latest plans have today received the backing of the government's architecture and design agency, the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment ("CABE").
The mixed use development, if approved, will include over 3,000 homes, 1.6m sq ft of offices, 700,000 square feet of shops and restaurants, and a zero-carbon power station and could create 15,000 jobs. The developer’s intention to transform the site into a “cultural hub for London” is in keeping with our own aims here at Hotel Rafayel and, if realised, would further enhance Battersea’s position as “London’s new Left Bank”.
CABE has praised the "intelligent and well-resolved" design. Wandsworth Council is expected to make its decision on the proposal in July.
Hotel Rafayel will be watching with keen interest!