Battersea Power Station’s £9bn makeover ‘takes breath away’ – Evening Standard

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he £9 billion transformation of Battersea Power Station takes the breath away, according to a key figure behind the redevelopment.

Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth council, said decades in the “doldrums” were overcome by hatching a plan to connect it to the Tube network and regenerate the wider Nine Elms area.

“One needs to pinch oneself from time to time,” he said. “All in my adult lifetime this transformation has happened. Of all the major regeneration areas in London, this has moved at the quickest pace.”

The area will be connected to the London Underground on Monday when new stations at Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station are opened by Mayor Sadiq Khan and Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.

Londoners are being invited to visit an already vibrant riverside quarter. A street festival is taking place next weekend.

The Grade II*-listed power station, which once generated electricity for a fifth of London homes but is now owned by a consortium of Malaysian investors, will reopen next summer.

It will be home to more than 100 shops and restaurants and the “UK campus” of Apple.

The tech giant’s 4,000 employees will access their six floors via iPhone-shaped glass elevators. An Apple megastore is also expected to open, plus a cinema and brands including Hugo Boss, Uniqlo and Jo Malone.

The power station closed in 1983. Its four chimneys were rebuilt from scratch, and one will become a 109-metre panoramic viewing platform.

Mr Govindia said: “It was an absolute requirement that the power station had to be restored. The chimneys are sacrosanct.”

The first phase of the redevelopment, 865 new apartments alongside the power station, opened in 2017, with Sting among the residents.

A further 254 apartments are being built within the power station’s brick walls, with owners including Bear Grylls. Neighbouring apartment blocks by Frank Gehry and Norman Foster will be completed next year.

By 2030 there will be 33,000 people living in the area. Some 4,000 of the 20,000 new homes will be “affordable”. Simon Murphy, of Battersea Power Station Development Company, said: “The Northern line extension is a gamechanger for Battersea and Nine Elms.”

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