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Old June 19th, 2008, 10:04 PM   #1
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Battersea Power Station £8bn redevelopment | Nine Elms | U/C

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I wonder what Boris & Simon will think of this hmmmmmmm.

http://www.bdonline.co.uk/story.asp?storycode=3116482

Battersea Power Station - images

19 June, 2008

By Will Hurst

The first images of Rafael Viñoly's mixed-use design for Battersea Power Station have been revealed.

Owner and developer Real Estate Opportunities (REO) is aiming for the £4 billion scheme to become a zero carbon exemplar, BD's sister paper Property Week is due to report on Friday.

REO, part of Irish firm Treasury, aims to restore the derelict Grade II*-listed power station and convert it into a range of uses including apartments, retail, and a hotel while the remainder of the site will host a range of residential and office uses within a transparent structure topped by a 300m-high tower.

The tower itself appears to echo the chimneys of Giles Gilbert Scott’s power station itself.




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Old June 19th, 2008, 10:15 PM   #2
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Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

Thank god we're having a recession.
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Old June 19th, 2008, 10:53 PM   #3
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I wonder what Boris & Simon will think of this hmmmmmmm.

http://www.bdonline.co.uk/story.asp?storycode=3116482

Battersea Power Station - images

19 June, 2008

By Will Hurst

The first images of Rafael Viñoly's mixed-use design for Battersea Power Station have been revealed.

Owner and developer Real Estate Opportunities (REO) is aiming for the £4 billion scheme to become a zero carbon exemplar, BD's sister paper Property Week is due to report on Friday.

REO, part of Irish firm Treasury, aims to restore the derelict Grade II*-listed power station and convert it into a range of uses including apartments, retail, and a hotel while the remainder of the site will host a range of residential and office uses within a transparent structure topped by a 300m-high tower.

The tower itself appears to echo the chimneys of Giles Gilbert Scott’s power station itself.



Frak me!!! I was not expecting a supertall here of all places.

I don't expect many people too, but... I like it. It looks like it could turn out a bit Tour Sans Fins, and the amount of greenery looks fantastic. I look forward to seeing more detailed plans. I can't see it going ahead, but it would be interesting if it did.
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Old June 19th, 2008, 11:05 PM   #4
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omg...what on earth!?? so whats happened to the actual power station?
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Old June 19th, 2008, 11:10 PM   #5
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Indeed. It looks like they don't want to bother repairing the roof and are turning the innards into open space. Interesting idea but I think it's a bit of a cop out. Frankly, I just think it's important something gets built but I really can't see Wandsworth Council or Battersea's MP supporting this development, let alone Boris and Milton.
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Old June 19th, 2008, 11:13 PM   #6
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Such a shame this project has no chance in hell to get built!
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I'm sorry this is still making me laugh.

I mean honestly. All that work and money spent on designing this.
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Old June 19th, 2008, 11:27 PM   #8
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Full story in PW tomorrow so will look out for it.

Its obvious this was conceived in pre-Boris times & were relying on Ken with his new powers to approve planning appications to push this through. But now it wont be getting such an easy ride. There were plans to designate this whole stretch from BPS to Vauxhall as high density residential but not sure what will happen to these plans now tha Boris & Simon are the kings of the block.

H&S will also , im sure have words to say on this as they are getting rather uppety with regard developments near large gas holders.

Still, it be an interesting year or so on this as it gets put in for planning and is pillored from post to post from various sides.

I wonder what the restore battersea station brigade will make of this
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Old June 19th, 2008, 11:30 PM   #9
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WOW i love this its mental. Theres no chance of this getting built but it is fab.
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The original scheme seems so much more resolved and was predominantly low rise. This is basically a massive redevopment of the site behind the station leaving the power station to be a quiet residential complex?
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Based on looking simply at two images it appears to be an amazing concept and very different to past proposals, but is it serious? It will force Boris's hand though, to state whether he would be open to such a futuristic project or not. The high rise appears to be enormous, the third upper stage of the building shown on the ariel view isn't even included on the elevational image. This must be at least 1,000 ft high. It will be interesting to find out how many affordable housing units are included.
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Based on looking simply at two images it appears to be an amazing concept and very different to past proposals, but is it serious? It will force Boris's hand though, to state whether he would be open to such a futuristic project or not. The high rise appears to be enormous, the third upper stage of the building shown on the ariel view isn't even included on the elevational image. This must be at least 1,000 ft high. It will be interesting to find out how many affordable housing units are included.
The article says the tower rises to 300m.
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The thing is, I sport of like the idea of leaving the power station a shell and covering it with a super park, almost a sort of a modern day ruined castle that you can explore around, as long as it's safe just let nature take it's course.

The trouble is no developer is going to do this because obviously they wouldn't make any money, so this ridiculous developer proposes a massive glass greenhouse with a rubbish third rate tower on top.

I can't even blame Vinoly because I get the impression from this design even he thinks it's a rubbish masterplan.
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Old June 19th, 2008, 11:39 PM   #14
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omg...what on earth!?? so whats happened to the actual power station?
It looks like it's become residential (?) with a central square. That covered space looks truely amazing. As for the tower - well lets just watch it become amputated, pruned and disfigured over the coming months. Such a shame, five years earlier and it might have actually been built.
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It looks like it's become residential (?) with a central square. That covered space looks truely amazing. As for the tower - well lets just watch it become amputated, pruned and disfigured over the coming months. Such a shame, five years earlier and it might have actually been built.
I think it looks incredibly futuristic and would have been great with some refining. However, I don't expect anything like this to go ahead, Boris and Simon won't let it happen unless the tower is at the very least halved in height.
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Boris and Simon won't let it happen unless the tower is at the very least halved in height.
I doubt even that.
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I doubt even that.
Yep, I agree
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Old June 20th, 2008, 12:31 AM   #18
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Vinoly is going to be giving a talk on Albermale street on the 9th July for the London Festival of Architecture. Perhaps someone will ask him about the this project, I might see if I can go myself.

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Old June 20th, 2008, 01:24 AM   #19
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the greenhouse idea is bonkers and the tower looks pretty ugly. looks like a 'concept' idea that practices put out to get some PR and not a serious proposal by a developer.

going from those renders it seems that the walls of the power station will house apartments with the central portion some sort of courtyard.
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wow.... if only.....sigh
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