Putting Pride Back In The Power Station
A Grade II listed building, the Battersea Power Station is one of the most well-known landmarks in London. Located in South West London on the bank of the River Thames, the structure has four chimneys that create a distinct look on London’s skyline and has had several appearances in films, programmes and games, including the Beatles’ film, Help!, and the cover of Pink Floyd’s album, Animals. Now, the decommissioned coal-fired power station is being given an extreme make-over. The site owners of Circus West intend to create a community-feel to the area, with a vast number of new homes for people to live in and plenty to enjoy. The Art Deco on the buildings will create a vibrant and progressive urban neighbourhood, with a dynamic array of amenities.
A Reformed Landmark
The first 800 properties in Circus West will be completed in 2016, with apartments nestled cosily next to the Power Station overlooking the river. The owners have dismissed any big-name chains of restaurants, bars and cafés to feature in the redevelopment, in order for individual, authentic and artisan partners to thrive and bring a special village-feel to the community. Each has been carefully, and appropriately, hand-picked to add to the unique atmosphere. Focussing on a specially constructed social and cultural experience, there will also be business studios, a pool and health spa, a gym, a private cinema, and a Village Hall that will be centred around arts and events in connection with the Battersea Arts Centre. There will be a luxury hair salon by the celebrity stylist, Paul Edmonds, a delightful artisan florist from the acclaimed Philippa Craddock, and Darwin & Wallace are bringing their newest opening, the homely ‘No29’, which will be the leading pub, bar and dining experience for residents and visitors.
The site aims to eventually be a home or workplace for 25,000 people, with 17,000 new jobs, and will also be the beginning of the new London Underground extension.
Good things are expected to come from South West London.