Archive for July 18, 2009

Nine Elms – final project?

Author: Cyril Richert

As reported by Wandsworth Guardian in June, the project for Nine Elms and Battersea Power-station redevelopment evolved again. Rob Tincknell, managing director of Treasury Holdings (the owner of the building) said:

The [eco dome] scheme was the wrong time, the transport costings were not right and the plan was massively over designed

Real Estate Opportunities (REO) unveils another design (again!) at a public exhibition in June. It says this project is more financially viable than the last and includes a design that “respects” Sir Gilbert Scott’s Grade II* masterpiece.

So out the eco-dome; out the curvy glass roof too.

Proposal for Battersea Power Station

Despite nobody is highly questioning the opportunity to construct tall building in the area of Nine Elms (but not taller than the chimneys of the power station), critics claim the density and proximity of the terraces to the station is inappropriate.

The Battersea Society said that the new housing must include a proper share of affordable housing and family accommodations. Furthermore it supports a boost for public transport (including the idea of a tram) and emphasises the importance of creating attractive surroundings at ground level, so that it will be a pleasure to walk and cycle through Nine Elms. It urges Wandsworth Council and the Mayor of London to rule out the area as a location for a major shopping centre as it might kill off other centres(you can think of Knightsbridge but also Clapham Junction or Brixton).

[More information, including a short film, on the developer’s website]

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July 18, 2009 at 5:49 pm 2 comments

Neighbours’ Street Party

This Sunday (19th July), there will be a co-ordinated effort around the country to get neighbours together for a party.

The Big Lunch  is part of the 2012 Olympics Team Green Britain initiative and has a website offering advice on everything from getting permission to close your road, to what food to serve. You can also use the site to find the nearest street party to your house.

While the local council is in support of the party it couldn’t help with funding, but local businesses have stepped up to the challenge.

Restaurants Chez Manny (French), Galapagos (Mediterranean) and Royal Nepalese (Indian) are joining forces to lay on a £5-a-head barbecue, while ­Sambrook’s, a local brewery, will be sorting the beers.

Mental health charity Sound Minds is taking care of the tunes, with reggae and rock bands as well as DJs set to play.

Other locals will run stalls on the day, including a man selling his home-made apple juice and a book stall by local author Isabel Losada, author of The Battersea Park Road to Enlightenment.

The street party is planned for the afternoon but the organisers are already planning the after party and have a ­licence until midnight.

BATTERSEA  HIGH STREET
THIS SUNDAY 19TH JULY
START 12PM – LICENSE TILL MIDNIGHT

July 18, 2009 at 9:57 am


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