Battersea Power Station redevelopment
by Rafael Viñoly Architects



Architect Rafael Viñoly has unveiled plans for the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station in London.


The proposal, for developer Treasury Holdings, includes a 300 metre high tower and an "Eco-Dome".


Here's some more info from the developer:


Battersea Power Station is reborn!

Real Estate Opportunities Limited (“REO”), a London listed property company, today launched its new vision and masterplan for Battersea Power Station.


The iconic Battersea Power Station is to be brought back to life in the most advanced sustainable development ever to be built in this country. For the first time in a quarter of a century, Battersea Power Station will be used to generate electricity again but from renewable sources rather than coal.


Rob Tincknell, Managing Director of REO’s development manager, Treasury Holdings UK, said: “We don’t embark on projects that we can’t deliver. We are determined that Londoners will not be disappointed and this area will be brought back to life in the most spectacular way. It will be a place to live, work and play.”


Alongside the existing power station there will be a new landmark, high quality building designed by the world-renowned architect Rafael Viñoly, which will be the cleanest and greenest building in London through innovative use of natural ventilation.


A spectacular 300 metre high Chimney and Eco-Dome will dramatically reduce carbon emissions of the 38 acre £4 billion development. The Chimney will also house apartments with panoramic views over London. The largest solar driven natural ventilation system ever conceived will eliminate the need for air conditioning for the commercial and ground floor retail accommodation.

The Chimney will draw air up through a campus of high quality individual office buildings which are covered by the light, transparent Eco-Dome, made of material similar to that used at the Eden Project. Up to 3,000 cubic metres per second of air will be drawn through the system on a sunny day, reducing energy demand in the buildings by 67%.

REO is planning to spend £150 million on saving and repairing Sir Giles Gilbert Scott’s 1930s power station, with the key historic spaces retained and open to the public. It will be developed to incorporate hotel, residential and retail accommodation. It will once again be used to produce power with a new combined cooling, heat and power plant, but this time using biofuels, waste and other renewable energy sources. Two of the existing power station’s chimneys will be reused as flues for this new Energy Centre.

The masterplan, unveiled today by Treasury Holdings UK on behalf of REO, will regenerate an area of London that will provide approximately 8 million square feet (750,000 square metres) of residential, office and retail space. There will be a six acre public park, a riverside walk and an urban square.

The Battersea Power Station development will be home to around 7,000 people and up to 20,000 new jobs will be created. More than 3,200 homes will be built on the site and 2,500 jobs will be created during the construction phase.

It is planned that construction work will start in 2012 and the development will be completed by 2020 – depending on the speed of the planning process.

The site is the single largest development site in central London and will act as a catalyst for the regeneration of the wider Nine Elms Corridor.

Treasury Holdings UK is in discussions with Transport for London and other landowners in the Nine Elms about building an extension of the Northern Line from Kennington to bring the Tube into the heart of Battersea.

The development has six key objectives:

The sensitive regeneration of Battersea Power Station
The creation of a zero carbon environment
The delivery of a sustainable mixed-use development which will ensure marketability and strong demand
To act as a catalyst for regeneration of the Nine Elms Corridor
To ensure that the project is totally deliverable
To facilitate a sustainable public transport solution
Rob Tincknell said:

“Climate change is the 21st century’s most urgent challenge and has not been adequately addressed by the development sector. At times like these we are required to open our minds and take a big leap.

“This will be a power station for the 21st century, sitting alongside Sir Giles Gilbert Scott’s building and supporting a truly sustainable, zero carbon development.

“We believe that we all have a responsibility to commit to true sustainability through groundbreaking innovation and we believe that our development will enhance London’s reputation as a leading global city.

“The preservation of Battersea Power Station alongside contemporary architecture will enhance its importance by juxtaposing old and new. Londoners have a strong emotional attachment to this building but most of all they want to see something positive happening on this site. We will meet and exceed their expectations.”

Rafael Viñoly said:

“Centered on the reconstruction of the remarkable architectural presence of the Power Station, the design introduces a fluid geometry for the new residential buildings that helps guide public access to the site and the waterfront. The open character of the vast industrial naves designed by Gilbert Scott is maintained and the chimneys are brought back into operation, utilized to exhaust water vapour produced by a new biofuel energy plant located in the basement.

“Offset from the volume of the Power Station, a near transparent shaft counterpoints the monumental mass of the building, providing a naturally ventilated office complex. A transparent envelope accommodating a distinctive public space, with access to a new underground station, connects to an adjacent residential component.

“The visual presence of this near transparent marker on the skyline defines a new opportunity area signalling London's commitment to innovation and sustainability.”

Posted on Sunday June 22nd 2008 at 10:49 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • 14street

    2020? oh, i will be old then

  • pop

    I think that London deserves more than this!!

    i wonder how sustainable this project is when they had to redesign the whole thing, anyway AGU project was much better.

  • Oh. My. God.

    Why, why does it have to have such a ridiculous glass and steel spire of crap? Always with the glass and steel and mixed use luxury development unique apartments starting at JUST £399,999. These sort of redevelopments of historic but out of use sites always end up with a new build extension that overshadows the original building. Check out the in the centre of historic Edinburgh for a classic example. Just tear it down if that's the plan. There's to many greedy developers, and not enough aesthetes any more. Sensitive regeneration. Hah! The only consolation is that it won't happen. "We don't emberk on projects we can't deliver on." We'll see.

    • alex

      I agree with everything you just said, I feel so strongly about this redevelopment being a bad idea when done in this way. Every suggestion the developers are making ruin the simple form and structure. Is there a main campaign against?

  • edward

    Well at least Zaha Hadid didn’t get the commission. As Johnathon Winters said in “The Loved One”: “A self contained city of glass and alloy”. And while I am on film, the web like enclosures recalled the cocoons in “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”. Love the topiary. But seriously…I suspect the finished product will bear little resemblance to the renderings, but they don’t seem too unreasonable.

  • cbailleux

    Quelle horreur ! is it really going to be built ?

  • viqui

    Battersea Power Station is already a landmark in istself and one of the most beautiful ones in London. Why would they want to build another one alongside it??? They should learn something from Bankside Power Station to know how to “redevelop it”… if they must.
    Battersea is probably my favourite building in London, I will cry if they do this to it!!

    • Born Londoner


  • Rockstar


  • Mark

    They are just completely missing the point as to why Battersea is a landmark. It is the sheer volume and raw power of the beast. It is not to be clad in this frivolous attire of steel and glass. To add insult to injury they intend to completely bleach the insides. Disgusting. This building’s beauty comes from imagination. The less that is illuminated the more mystery there is. The interior flood lights flush out all sense of wonder. The once grand scale of the brick walls will soon impose the same sense of awe that any shopping complex does. Leave these colossal ruins to retire in peace rather than bastardize them into another generic mess.

    • Born Londoner

      “The once grand scale of the brick walls will soon impose the same sense of awe that any shopping complex does. Leave these colossal ruins to retire in peace rather than bastardise them into another generic mess.”


  • Fling

    The chimneys are currently unsafe structures, gradually decaying. Building a huge iconic tower next to them might be beneficial if say, someone accidentally knocks them over or something.

  • csm
  • London is going to be “the” city of rich people, don’t it?

  • Dan

    Oh, the horror. An attention whore buiding.

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  • dee

    Like POP said, London deserves more than this.


    god bless capitalism for giving us such a boring crap.. where’s the fun in architecture?

  • syco

    This is fine for London. This city deserves shit.

    Why not spending all this huge budgets to improve transport? Why not making cheaper tube fares? Why not abolishing tube zones? Why not have tube 24/7?
    Transport is the most important issue in this city! People need to feel free to move up and down anytime, anywhere for a reasonable price.

    Come one, start to think about real life, real people all over London, and not spending millions on another ugly architecture icon.
    Do we really need this!

    • Born Londoner

      Dubai is NOT fine for London. Ugly!


    “PARK-IT”: the grandeur of the station should be left as it is, there is nothing like this anywhere; how stupid are you going to be? Imagine Angkor Wat in london!

  • rodney

    In the future, everything is made of glass.

  • Looks nice, but I agree with CSM: Where’s the giant inflatable pig?

  • chickeetah

    Please tell me this is not going ahead!!!
    Who wants these hideous glass buildings…
    Did you see what is going up at Old Street roundabout?

    This is not Dubai!! Oh, please.

  • Ash

    I wouldn’t worry too much, as I wouldn’t be surprised if it doesn’t go ahead. How many masterplans have we seen for Battersea Power Station so far?

  • ricky

    “To renovate it is not necessary to contradict; it suffices to make something more profound.” -NICOLAS GOMEZ-DAVILA

  • A confident building, with a good, simple idea.

  • Gama

    simply scary.
    urban projects seem to have very little fortune in UK

  • Joaquin

    I’ve heard a lot about craps going on in London. Never been there tho. If London’s architectural scenes are really dat boring, why so many great architects emerge and base there?

  • Abby

    I do think something should be done with the Battersea Power Station. As mentioned already, it’s decaying and not a very safe structure at the moment. If we all like it so much, something needs to be done to preserve it. I’m not against glass and steel per-se, but to dwarf the building with an enormous glass tower removes the industrial grandeur we seek to maintain.

    Whatever happens to Battersea Power Station, the original structure needs to be the main focus of attention and additional structures should complement rather than compete with it.

  • kitty

    I live very close to the Power Station and us ‘locals’ LOVE the station, why on earth would you design another building that distracts from the station?? Isn’t the whole point to celebrate the existing Gilbert Scott building???
    Whilst I 100% embrace anyone who will redevelop the riverside and surrounding area, and bring a new life to the building , the spire concept is so utterly wrong, ridiculous and hideous . I’m afraid I will petition against it and so will 99% of Battersea. Maybe we should have a word with Mr Foster, a Battersea boy and get him to sort it out!

  • Sarah

    I’m sorry but this just looks prickly and reminds me of metallic hair rollers.

    Could they not have come up with a more soothing facade???
    Dear God.

  • It has to be adventurous for it to retain its deserved imposition on London’s blocky skyline.

    just been on their new site at: Battersea Power Station

  • william

    The most important thing has to be just to get something done – and no developer is going to pay the money to repair the power station and build a tube station to build a community theatre! They need to make a lot of money to mitigate the risk – hence, build up the density and build the brand. It’s either that or dereliction and ultimately destruction. Anyway, I think zero carbon a fine ambition. More here Battersea Power Station

  • Horrified Jane

    Absolutely Horrible! This is a design to destroy rather than to redevelop the Power Station. Isn’t there material beyond glass and steel? STOP this monster project, by all means!

  • COOL!

  • Gaia

    The only thing you have to make is the big “Pig on the wind” of Pink Floyd’s album animals. That’s all!

  • Born Londoner

    Leave old-school London things well alone, let us have some things that are untouched by modernising.