Author: Cyril Richert
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]