Battersea development takes shape with riverside landscape

One of Europe's biggest building projects, the £9 billion redevelopment of Battersea Power Station, is taking shape with the recent completion of a long stretch of riverside landscape.

Riverside landscaping as part of Battersea Power Station project - image: LDA Design
Riverside landscaping as part of Battersea Power Station project - image: LDA Design

Circus West forms the first phase of the transformation of the iconic building and opens up a new stretch of Thames riverside on the western side of the power station, connecting to Battersea Park.

Two large new residential blocks, one of glass and another clad in copper, are unified by new public realm and landscaped gardens.

"The challenge was to make the landscape respond to the scale of the power station without being overwhelmed by it," said LDA Design director Benjamin Walker.

His external-spaces team created a "strong and simple design" with new piazza, tiered-granite water feature and drifts of herbaceous plants and grasses. Tall specimen trees provide structure.

"Seasonal blasts of colour in the planting pick up on the brick reds and purples of the power station," said Walker. "The industrial heritage is reflected in textures, colours and materials."

Concrete steps are as black as the coal that fed the furnaces while the litter bins carry architectural detailing reminiscent of the fluting of the newly rebuilt chimneys.


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