Gustafson powers out design for Battersea

Power station lined up for landscaping in proposed £1 billion project

Battersea Power Station is being lined up for landscape by Kathryn Gustafson as part of a new planning application for the £1 billion project. She will design a series of water gardens in front of the Grade II-listed industrial block, which his being turned into a leisure complex by architects from Grimshaw. This is the latest planning application for a project that has rumbled on for over a decade and new changes include the repositioning of a 2,000-seat theatre underground to free up more external space for greenery. Restoration of the power station is due to start this summer, new buildings by the turn of the year and the entire project could be finished by 2008. It also includes a grassy mound, footbridges and a pier with floating pontoon. A conference centre, hotel and offices will hem in the site and a “Bio wall” designed by Kew Gardens will form the western wall of the power station and hang with plants. The project is for Parkview International. See April’s Landscape Review for more

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