As reported by Wandsworth Guardian in June, the project for Nine Elms and Battersea Power-station redevelopment evolved again. Rob Tincknell, managing director of Treasury Holdings (the owner of the building) said:
“The [eco dome] scheme was the wrong time, the transport costings were not right and the plan was massively over designed“
Real Estate Opportunities (REO) unveils another design (again!) at a public exhibition in June. It says this project is more financially viable than the last and includes a design that “respects” Sir Gilbert Scott’s Grade II* masterpiece.
So out the eco-dome; out the curvy glass roof too.
Despite nobody is highly questioning the opportunity to construct tall building in the area of Nine Elms (but not taller than the chimneys of the power station), critics claim the density and proximity of the terraces to the station is inappropriate.
The Battersea Society said that the new housing must include a proper share of affordable housing and family accommodations. Furthermore it supports a boost for public transport (including the idea of a tram) and emphasises the importance of creating attractive surroundings at ground level, so that it will be a pleasure to walk and cycle through Nine Elms. It urges Wandsworth Council and the Mayor of London to rule out the area as a location for a major shopping centre as it might kill off other centres(you can think of Knightsbridge but also Clapham Junction or Brixton).
[More information, including a short film, on the developer’s website]
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I have just had a look and answered their questionaire as follows….
the questions on the questionaire beg others…it is the soulless design of the buildings that is so offensive. No inventiveness at all. Straight lines and boring boxes. Ones feet feel tired just looking at it. It would be a hateful environment to live in. A few areas of grass and a walk along the river bank is not enough to compensate for the lack of architectural interest. Why not a few arcades…ARCHES….why not some inventive changes of pace even within giant tower blocks?
As for a ‘new retail centre’…well obviously, that quantity of humanity crammed into those spaces will need a corner shop (!). How about getting the architects to dump their computerised boxes and use a bit of imagination! It is a totally uninspired proposal.
Julia Matcham> The fact is that people were so focused on the future of the Power Station, and avoiding the glass skyscraper, that they might have showed less concern on the whole project.
The campaign on Clapham Junction station redevelopment highlighted not only that people did not want tall building in the area but there were deep concern on the station redevelopment itself, regarding the number of entrances, the temporary station, the access, the flow inside.
Consultation on Nine Elms is still a long journey, but with the will of the developers and the Council, there are also good opportunities.