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Old January 17th, 2014, 06:59 PM   #1
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Nine Elms Point | Nine Elms | 126m/90m/63m | U/C


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Developer: Sainsbury’s

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Homes: 737 units

Commercial space: 1,580m²

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Old January 17th, 2014, 07:01 PM   #2
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Construction work begins today to build a new Sainsbury's store, housing and business space in Nine Elms
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17 January 2014
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Construction work has began on a £450m project to build a new Sainsbury's store, housing and business space.

Sainsbury's, Barratt London and L&Q have joined forces to create 737 new homes on the Nine Elms regeneration site, including 92 social units.

There will also be a huge 80,000 sq ft Sainsbury's store as well as 27,000 sq ft of shops, restaurants and office space.

The development is the latest scheme on the Nine Elms regeneration site to begin construction, with the project now in full swing.

Work began last year on building the new US Embassy and reworking of Battersea Power Station, while the Riverlight flats are almost complete.

The new Sainsbury's store will create more than 300 new jobs.

There will also be an Explore Learning Centre housed within the store offering Maths and English tuition for children aged five to 14-years-old.

A temporary Sainsbury's store will be trading next to the site while the new store is being built.

Jamie Cowen, head of mixed use development at Sainsbury's, said: "The Nine Elms area of London has been identified for one of the biggest regeneration schemes in Europe, with the potential for thousands of new homes and many more businesses.

"We’ve been trading from this site for 30 years and our plans will complete the wider regeneration and create a better shopping experience as well as building space for other shops, businesses and much needed housing in the area."

Helen Fisher, programme director of Nine Elms, said: "Nine Elms on the South Bank is transforming at a rapid pace and we are thrilled to be able to add Sainsbury’s, with partners Barratt and L&Q, to the list of partners now actively regenerating the area.

"With some 30,000 new residents due to move into the area, the new improved store will be an addition that’s especially welcomed."
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Old January 17th, 2014, 08:27 PM   #3
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Just went past this 30 minutes ago. The petrol station has already been demolished (the scrap is still on site though) and they're in the process of placing hoarding around the rest of the site. I'm really confident this is going to be built on schedule, everything so far is to schedule.

The temporary store is up and running, haven't been in yet but it looks like it's about the size of a Lidl or Aldi. While I can do a full shop in a Lidl, I don't trust that's the case with a Sainsbury's of the same size as I think they'll pack in too many brands of the same goods.
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Old January 17th, 2014, 10:53 PM   #4
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It's full steam ahead on the demolition, with no hanging about at all: here is the petrol station this morning... (thanks to a slow camera I narrowly missed the poor Sainsbury's sign plunging to its death in this shot) -

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And here it is (or was...) this evening - a heap of mangled stuff...

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This is the new temporary store - it's actually quite cleverly designed and laid out, and doesn't feel very 'temporary' at all on the inside, with a fully tiled floor, bakery, all mod cons, and plenty of space and light - a bit bigger than it looks too albeit with no central aisle.

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This is an interesting article with photos on the construction of this store, which was built in (yes) Cambridgeshire...

The product range is a full one (notably more stock than you'd find in a 'Sainsburys Local' and quite a bit better than a Lidl in range, I reckon), and you could do a comprehensive shop there, with even a small kitchenware section - but the stock is inevitably a bit slimmed down compared to the previous store. Some teething problems too - by the time I was there the bread had all run out! Many of the nicer, more 'niche market' things there were in the old store, which were really why I used to shop there, have been lost for want of space.

The car park has a small number of spaces but a bizarrely wide circulation area, maybe designed for lorries reversing.

This will continue to do reasonably well, and is streets ahead of the small branch they recently opened underneath Vauxhall station (which is, frankly, rubbish in all respects - if you've never been there don't waste your time!). But I'm not surprised Sainsbury's are not hanging about on the redevelopment of the main side, as they'll definitely be losing trade to the likes of Tesco Oval (for big shopping trips) with this smaller floor space.

Here's a last look at the old store, with the forest of cranes behind as a reminder of why it was doomed - hoardings going up as I type...

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And finally a very easy 'spot the difference' with two pictures of the old building this week -

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I get the impression that there are a few of us on SSC whose commute goes right past this site, so we'll probably have plenty of updates as this progresses!

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Old January 17th, 2014, 11:00 PM   #5
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Old January 18th, 2014, 11:16 PM   #6
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Awesome!
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Old January 20th, 2014, 10:50 AM   #7
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New article in Construction Enquirer today: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/...e-elms-scheme/

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Old January 20th, 2014, 02:23 PM   #8
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This was my local supermarket up until 2010 and had been refurbished relatively recently.. certainly like the tower design though definitely makes up for it! It is yet known as to the whereabouts of nine elms station yet? As far as I'm aware it will either be situated at the far end of the car park or in that space by the bridge.
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Old January 20th, 2014, 02:38 PM   #9
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I'd only heard at the end of the car park furthest away from Vauxhall on the Wandsworth Road. Having it any closer and it might as well be an entrance to Vauxhall underground. This is where the temporary store is and where the smaller of the three towers is planned - although there's some uncertainty as to whether Sainsbury's will be building the third tower there after the station is built under it or if TfL will take over that site entirely and build something else over the station.

The store is getting expanded as part of this. While the old one was the biggest Sainsbury's in the area, it did lack a few products that some of the other nearby ones stocked. Hopefully the expanded store will have space for these.
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But what of the petrol station? It is still the one we stock up from when going off to Wales and seems to be the second to shut down within a close proximity of central Vauxhall, the other of which appears to be in working order but very much disused.
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Old January 20th, 2014, 02:52 PM   #11
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There's a petrol station on Albert Embankment (Texaco), one on Vauxhall Bridge Road, one further down the Wandsworth Road and one on Clapham Road all within a short distance of this.
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The other nearby petrol station (the disused one) is definitely not likely to reopen - as there is planning permission for the road that is currently behind it (emerging from Covent Garden fruit market) to be realigned to join Wandsworth Road there as a more normal 'T' junction. The one further down Wandsworth Road (towards Battersea, near Durrington & Amesbury Towers) has been redeveloped recently as a new petrol station and should be safe for now.

A large hole has appeared where the petrol station was, and the tanks have been removed. Yesterday it looked as though the internal clearance of reusable stock and material from the main building had finished (the fence partition between building site and the 'material stocking' area had gone), and a large digger was right next to the main building with a skip. One corner of roof near the back looked as though it was missing suggesting a symbolic 'start of demolition' might have taken place.

Meanwhile, guess who's spotted the downfall of their main rival and taken over all the advertising billboards on the Wandsworth Road? An added incentive for Sainsbury's to keep moving quickly on this build...

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Just looked on a map, hadn't realised how close the Kennington branch is to Vauxhall - I expect it will indeed have picked up most of the 'big shops' here.
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I wish they'd properly restore that Nestle ghostsign on Wandsworth Road. I love seeing it every time I pass it on the train.
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This is moving fast, and demolition on the main building is now well underway - diggers were at work when I went past this morning, and the whole south west corner (including what was the entrance area) has since vanished into a skip. They seem to be removing the mostly-metal 'extension' sections (which were added when the building was renovated and re-roofed a few years back) first, presumably to categorise the scrap a bit more easily.

(tripleseis, if you end up on the road itself, there's another classic ad further down the Wandsworth road in the Clapham Junction direction, for Redfern's rubber mats, remarkably well preserved thanks to having been covered by another ad until fairly recently and one of my favourites!)
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And for the last few days there's been a small crane on site, as well as a piling machine and a fair few diggers. They seem to mainly be working where the old petrol station and car park was right now, so not on the main tower area.

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This now has a name, Nine Elms Point. Most of the old supermarket has been demolished but it's too dark to take a photo
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I collected some renders from the planning apps - some have been posted, some not:







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The tower is awful.
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