A corner of the Battersea Power Station site will be completely transformed after permission was granted for huge glass buildings and a new high street.
A new pedestrian high street, called Electric Boulevard, will form the main gateway to the site from the south and will run from Battersea Park Road to the iconic power station.
It will also include entrances to the new Northern Line Tube station below. There will be a new pedestrian subway under Battersea Park Road, linking Stewards Road with the new power station development and providing another route into the Tube station.
Electric Boulevard will feature a 17-storey wave-shaped building designed by Foster and Partners and a creation by architect Frank Gehry, which includes five buildings of 16 and 17 storeys.
These include the flower building, which sits at the heart of the cluster. There will be a new park called Prospect Park, including a children’s playground and a community hub.
Residents at the new housing development will be able to enjoy a 355-metre long landscaped roof garden, designed by the architects behind New York’s High Line
Designed by James Corner Field, the architect who turned New York’s disused railway lines into the acclaimed High Line urban park, the 355-metre long roof gardens will include a fitness deck, a “woodland walk” of white birch trees whose trunks echo the Power Station’s iconic white chimneys, and a lookout point offering 360 degree views of the station and London’s skyline.
There are also plans for a “sun lawn” for picnics and open-air film screenings, as well as a “summer kitchen” with a communal table to cater for al fresco dinner parties, and a “sun lounge” containing seating, drinking and dining areas to take in the views.
When it opens in 2019 the space will be one of London’s largest roof gardens. Developers say the gardens will be opened up throughout the year for local people to enjoy as well as those living at the Power Station and hotel guests. A spokesperson says that these opportunities will include regular open days and food, cultural, literary and social events. The exact dates and planned public events are yet to be confirmed.
“This is an exciting time for Battersea and will have a positive impact on the whole area,” says Medleen Brereton, manager at the Battersea branch of lettings agent Edmund Cude. “It is good to see that it is not just those at the development who can enjoy all these new amenities also.”