The UK's Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment recently granted Rafael Viñoly Architects the green light to roll out a massive eco renovation on London's famous Battersea Power Station. Situated alongside the River Thames, the iconic power plant has been featured in works by The Who, Pink Floyd and The Beatles, and now this cultural touchstone is being retrofitted into a self-sufficent community powered by a zero-carbon energy plant.
We first covered the Battersea Power Plant renovation back in January, and although a build date has yet to be set we’re excited to see the project cleared for construction. Rafael Viñoly Architects‘ plan aims to preserve the site’s iconic architecture while fostering a vibrant mixed-use community.
The development will be zoned for commercial, residential, cultural, and event spaces and will feature the first zero-carbon office space in Central London, a new promenade running along the river, and a 6 acre park. The old coal-fired power plant will be retrofitted into a carbon-free energy plant, although they’re not saying what kind it will be yet. All buildings will be designed with strict energy efficiency guidelines, and the plan includes a detailed and well-researched proposal for public transportation that includes a new tube station.
According to Rafael Viñoly, “The Battersea Power Station Master Plan is based on rigorous principles of environmental, economic, and social sustainability . . . . The proposed scheme creates a balanced mix of uses to ensure a fully integrated urban environment, provides a new transportation solution, and establishes an energy strategy that radically reduces consumption, as well as generating a clean supply through the use of renewable sources.”