Battersea renewal gets underway

Major transformation of the Battersea power station begins and will see extensive landscaping as part of the redevelopment.

Construction work to transform a derelict power station in a £1.5bn development project has begun. Despite outline planning permission being originally granted for London’s Battersea Power Station in 1997, owner Parkview insists the plans are still on schedule and set for a 2010 completion date. Plans for the15ha site include two giant luxury hotels, a conference centre and homes (HW, 28 July 2005). A quarter of the site, which occupies more than 380m of Thames riverside space, is dedicated to landscaping excellence. Over 40 consultancies and architects are involved in the project, including three landscape architecture practices. Parkview corporate communications director Ian Rumpay said: “Work is now underway on the jetties. This is the first key step because we have got to get those restored and repaired in order to deliver raw materials and remove waste from the site.” The power station’s chimneys are being demolished and replaced after two years of attempted repairs failed. Large-scale excavation work must be completed before the landscaping begins. Gustafson Porter has designed a public events space, including an interactive water feature. A ramped area with stripes of flower planting will blend into Battersea Park. Consultancy West 8 will create a park bigger than Trafalgar Square, while Grant Associates will landscape roads around the site. At least 1,000 semi-mature and mature trees will be planted, with the largest delivered by river.

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