You may recognize the Battersea Power Station from the cover of Pink Floyd’s Animals album or perhaps you are local to London’s Battersea area and you’re familiar with its four standing chimneys. With so much culture and historical background behind the BPS, it is exciting to look into the future and see what is planned for The Power Station and its surrounding area.
The £8 billion regeneration site has Londoners excited about what life will be like south of the river. The 42-acre development has an expected 4,000 apartments accompanied by 250 retail units planned and that is only in the first few phases. The site will also include its own Tube Station and 19 acres of open spaces with landscaped gardens and pockets of areas to relax. Robert Tincknell, Battersea Power Station Development Company’s CEO, was quick to let9fi5th know, “We don’t do ordinary.”
So, what is so unordinary about the development? Is it the penthouse flats going into the top of the 1930s listed Power Station that are remarkably similar to New York lofts? Or is it the garden rooftops that feature allotments with areas to barbecue amongst scenic views of the Thames and the City of London. It seems that the entire project holds something special and it has people turning heads from all over the world. The BPSDC is setting a high precedent for what a home is supposed to look and feel like.
“A deep understanding of community is what has propelled the project,” Tincknell said. “You have to think about how people are going to live here.” And that is exactly what BPSDC did! Although there is a large number of residences with unique architecture by Frank Gehry and Norman Foster, the homes are not the sole focus for this project. Place-making and building community where residents can connect with neighbors and those across the development is one of the key elements that make the Battersea Power Station so unique. The development will even host its own social media outlet which enables people to connect with each other online.
Thinking about making BPS your home? You are not alone. Celebrities such as Sting and Elton John have expressed their interest in the development. Sting has even gone ahead and purchased one of the flats off-market. The first apartments will be complete in just one year’s time (2016) so make sure to check out Battersea Power Station’s marketing suite located onsite. The entire development is slowly growing tall and we can’t wait to see the finished product!