Capital regeneration on target for power station

Owner of Battersea Power Station adds details to long awaited redevelopment

Plans for one of the capital’s largest regeneration projects are to include water gardens and upgraded landscaping. Parkview International, the owner of Battersea Power Station in London, has added detail to the scheme, which involves the restoration of the listed power station building and redevelopment of the surrounding land. Changes include a series of water gardens designed by Kathryn Gustafson, who won the competition to design the Princess Diana memorial fountain in Hyde Park. Also in the designs for the 15ha site are a Bio Wall, by Kew gardens’ designers, landscaping along the four-minute route to the site, a series of canopies, trees and pavement features and new flats with roof gardens. Parkview chief executive Michael Roberts said: “The revised design creates a more welcoming and impressive new frontage for the site, and at the same time frees up more open space.” Construction of the £750 million plan should begin later this year after 20 years of uncertainty since the power station was decommissioned in 1984. A Wandsworth Borough Council representative said: “This is good news. What Parkview is coming up with is new final designs to improve the appearance of the whole development. They’ve got all the permissions they need — this is just refinement.”

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