Powerful new vision for Battersea
A ‘conceptual forest’ will transform the public open spaces of London’s Battersea Power Station, which is being redeveloped in one of Europe’s most significant regeneration projects.
LDA Design and Exterior Architecture have been appointed by Treasury Holdings to lead the multi-million pound landscape design of the site, including the opening up of a waterfront that has been closed for a century.
The Grade II-listed power station, designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott and built in the 1930s, is one of the capital’s major industrial landmarks but has stood empty since its decommissioning in 1983. The masterplan for the site will deliver more than 22 acres of open space, including a six-acre public park and 400m of water frontage on the South Bank, connecting the site through to Battersea Park and linking Nine Elms and Vauxhall.
LDA Design, which, together with Hargreaves Associates, prepared the masterplan for the 2012 Olympic Park, proposes to create a forest of native trees that will provide a haven for wildlife as well as mediating visually between new and old buildings.
Neil Mattinson, Partner at LDA Design, said that learnings from the Olympics project have been important to the Battersea designs. “The Olympics’ insistence on biodiversity and sustainability has been critical to this project too,” he said. “This is a very urban area and anything we can do to enhance diversity for flora and fauna will be valuable. The sustainability mantra is also central in terms of reusing materials, recycling where possible and working cost-effectively.
“Battersea Power Station has been on everyone’s radar for the best part of 30 years, and we feel immensely privileged and excited to be working on it,” he added.