Peabody and Battersea Power Station (BPS) recently invited the leader of Wandsworth council and the cabinet member for Housing to see how the partnership’s new affordable housing development is coming along.
Ravi Govindia CBE and Jonathan Cook saw first hand the progress being made on the 386-home development, which is part of a wider Battersea Power Station ‘masterplan’.
Designed by architects Patel Taylor and built by Ardmore, the affordable homes consist of seven buildings of up to 18-storeys in height, arranged around a garden square, which echo the style of London’s grand redbrick mansion blocks.
This part of the development includes a new public green space, children’s play area, an NHS medical centre, and workspaces for start-up businesses and local entrepreneurs.
The new one to four-bedroom, dual aspect homes will be a mixture of London affordable rent and shared ownership, all with private outdoor space – balconies, terraces, access to private residents’ gardens.
They are located within easy reach of the recently opened Zone 1 Northern Line Battersea Power Station tube station, which brings Battersea within 15 minutes of the West End and the City.
Peabody has said that the affordable homes scheme will be known as New Mansion Square, paying homage to the traditional mansion blocks found in the local area.
The new buildings being built in New Mansion Square will also celebrate the history of Battersea and its people.
Three of them – Tweed, Arden, and Foots Row Mansions – have been named after lost streets first built in the 1870s as Battersea underwent a period of rapid industrial growth.
The first tranche of homes will be ready for residents to start moving in from 2022, the same year that the Grade II listed BPS will open its doors to the public
Commenting on the development, Ravi Govindia CBE, leader of Wandsworth Council, said: “I am delighted to see the progress by Peabody and Ardmore on delivering hundreds more affordable homes for Wandsworth together with the facilities that a growing population needs.
“It’s also good to see local heritage playing a part in the future of the area as lost street names are brought back to life.
“Located just a stone’s throw from the new Northern Line tube station, shops, offices, and restaurants at BPS, these homes will be welcomed by local people who want to continue living in Wandsworth and can take advantage of all the benefits and new connections that this transformation brings.”
Angela Wood, deputy executive director development and sales of Peabody, said: “We are very pleased to be working with Wandsworth Council and Battersea Power Station to deliver 386 much needed affordable homes in Battersea.
“Building upon the social infrastructure and placemaking is important to us with all our schemes. We hope our future residents will enjoy living in this iconic, heritage location and within this new community.”
Simon Murphy, CEO of PBS development company, said: “On behalf of our Malaysian shareholders, I am pleased to welcome Councillor Govindia to this part of the Battersea Power Station masterplan, which is a key component of the emerging new town centre in Nine Elms.
“It is heartening to see the progress being made by our partners Peabody and Ardmore in delivering new homes and a new community which is at the heart of what we are seeking to achieve with this new development.
“It was a pleasure to meet Lauren Hibbert to hear about her role on site during the visit, too.
“Creating apprenticeship and job opportunities for members of the local community has always been important to us, with more than 150 apprenticeships and over 600 construction jobs being created across the development to date.”
New Mansion Square is part of the fourth phase in the BPS masterplan, which is creating an exciting new ‘15-minute’ live, work, and play neighbourhood.
The neighbourhood will act as a town centre for the immediate and wider local communities, a new business quarter for the capital, and an experiential destination for Londoners, domestic, and international visitors.
Opening next year, the power station will be home to 254 residential apartments.
Circus West Village, the first chapter in the regeneration of Battersea Power Station, is already home to 1,500 residents.
The riverside neighbourhood usually welcomes over three million people on average each year thanks to its annual events programme.
The Battersea Power Station development is expected to draw Londoners, international visitors, and workers from across the capital boosting the local economy and creating over 17,000 new jobs.
Main Image: Peabody staff on site at the Battersea development with Ravi Govindia CBE and Jonathan Cook
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