Gehry, Foster unveil plans for Battersea Power Station redevelopment [slideshow]
Phase 3 of the massive redevelopment of the London landmark will include more than 1,300 residential units, a 160-room hotel, and 350,000 sf of retail space.
The historic station is a Grade II listed building, according to the UK's Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest; Gehry and Foster + Partners' designs are part of the area's continuing development.
The entryway to the full development will be known as The Electric Boulevard and is envisioned as a new high street for London. The Northern Line Extension subway station will connect with the Power Station itself by way of the boulevard.
The 42-acre site will include more than 1,300 homes on both sides of the main road, along with a 160-room hotel and 350,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space.
Frank Gehry will be responsible for the five buildings to the east of The Electric Boulevard, called Prospect Place. This section of the development will include about half of the Phase 3 residential units, a community park, and a multi-use community hub. The Flower building will be the focal point of Gehry’s section of the development.
“Our goal from the start has been to create a neighborhood that connects into the historic fabric of the city of London, but one that has its own identity and integrity,” said Gehry. “We have tried to create humanistic environments that feel good to live in and visit.”
Foster + Partners designed the building to the west of The Electric Boulevard, called The Skyline. Two floors of retail will front the building’s west side.
The entire top of The Skyline will be given over to a roof garden over a kilometer long with views of the Power Station. The other half of the planned residential units, including the 103 affordable units of housing, also fall to Foster + Partners, along with a medical centre and a 160-room hotel.
“We moved our own office to Wandsworth almost 25 years ago–the Borough is very important to us, so we were absolutely delighted to be chosen by the shareholders of Battersea Power Station to be part of this inspiring regeneration project," said Grant Brooker, Design Director and Senior Partner at Foster + Partners. "It will transform the area and create a vibrant new district for South London that we can all be proud of.”
Check out the vast development plans below. Renderings courtesy of Battersea Power Station Development Company.
The development will center around The Electric Boulevard, envisioned as a new high street for London.