+ Battersea Power Station
+ Rafael Viñoly Architects
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.”