Plan for a huge tower beside Battersea Power Station scrapped?

February 26, 2009 at 9:46 pm

Author: Cyril Richert

According to the Evening Standard today:

Plans to build a giant glass chimney B rising out of an “eco-dome” at Battersea power station have been scrapped.

The chimney would have been one of the tallest structures in London, twice the height of the Gherkin building in the City, and contained a wind turbine.

However, residents, public bodies and the Mayor all objected to the proposal – the central showpiece for the £4billion redevelopment of Giles Gilbert Scott’s Grade II-listed building which has been out of action since 1982.

The developer, Treasury Holdings, and architect, Uruguayan-born Rafael Viñoly, have been forced to go back to the drawing board. It is thought the height of the tower will be reduced to bring it in line with those in Westminster and the dome will be replaced with a series of canopies.

I would rather be a bit careful and not being over enthusiastic. Last time that the developers went back to the drawing board they removed 50 meters, from 300m. And Battersea campaigners told me that everybody knew at that time that it won’t be accepted. So, they might scrapp another 50m… and try again, until everyone is fed-up campaigning against and gives up. Rob Tincknell, managing director of Treasury Holdings, presenting the project to Boris Johnson said previously: “it is either the go-ahead for the glass tower, or the power station may be doomed“. Apparently he has changed his mind and decided to compromise further…

We have previously commented the story in Another case of blackmail in Battersea

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