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Battersea Power Station third phase designs revealed

Plans for phase three of the Battersea Power Station redevelopment, including a new high street, have been unveiled today.

The designs by architects Gehry Partners and Foster + Partners feature a new high street for London, to be known as ‘The Electric Boulevard’.

This street will link the Northern line extension station to the power station.

The third phase will comprise more than 1,300 homes in a range of sizes and styles in two zones on either side of the boulevard.

A 160-room hotel and 350,000 sq ft of retail and restaurant space plus additional leisure space will be delivered as part of the proposals.  

A total of 103 affordable homes, from an overall total of 517 across the development, will be delivered as part of the third phase. 

Gehry Partners has designed the five buildings to the east of The Electric Boulevard, to be known as ‘Prospect Place’ which will house double-height retail units at street level, approximately half of the planned residential units, a community park and multi-use community hub.

“Prospect Place” will be anchored by the distinctive ‘Flower’ building.

Foster + Partners has designed the building to the west of The Electric Boulevard, to be known as ‘The Skyline’. Two floors of retail units will front on to the western side and huge breaks in the façade will allow light through to the public spaces below.

The top of the entire building is given over to one of London’s largest roof gardens, over a quarter of a kilometre long. It will also incorporate the other half of the planned residential units, including the 103 affordable housing units at its southern end, a medical centre and a 160 room hotel at the northern end.

Rob Tincknell, CEO of Battersea Power Station Development Company, commented: “We have set out to make Battersea a showcase for the world’s very best architects and the designs we are unveiling today demonstrate that commitment in action. Phase Three is an important part of our plans for the Power Station site, creating a new thoroughfare which will be at the heart of the new vibrant community. We are determined to create a genuine sense of place, and developing landmark buildings in which people are proud to make their home and work in is vital to us achieving that aim.”

Culture minister Ed Vaizey said: “Battersea Power Station is an iconic site and the unveiling of this exciting new design by Frank Gehry and Foster + Partners will ensure the development of this former industrial site will put Battersea on the world stage once again. The plans for a new high street for the capital show that London continues to attract the best in terms of architecture, design and innovation.”

The Battersea Power Station master plan, designed by Rafael Vinoly, comprises over 3,400 homes as well as offices, shops, restaurants, bars, cafes, hotels, community and leisure facilities and 18 acres of open space.

Work began on Phase One of the development, known as Circus West, in July 2013 while work on the restoration of the Grade II* listed Power Station itself, with the reconstruction of the first of the iconic chimneys to the original specifications, is set to start shortly.

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