How Battersea Power Station Is Re-electrifying the London Property Scene

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Originally built by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott at the behest of the London Power Company, Battersea Power Station was considered one of the world’s largest brick structures until the 1940s. The massive coal-fired power plant, situated on the southern estuary of the River Thames, is well-known for its imposing four-chimney structure; and its pervasive status in pop culture. (It features prominently in the cover art for Pink Floyd’s 1977 album Animals, and more recently, was an important shoot location in the 2008 film The Dark Knight.)

Now, 37 years after being decommissioned, the ‘Temple of Power’ has emerged from years of redevelopment as one of London’s most exciting new lifestyle, living and heritage destinations. Work on the long-defunct Battersea master site has been overseen by a consortium of Malaysian developers (i.e. SP Setia, PNB, Employees Provident Fund, Sime Darby Property) with Circus West Village — the first phase of the project — recently completed.

This regenerated neighbourhood is currently home to over 1,000 residents: A vibrant community made up of hundreds of homes and various retail and dining outlets, against a backdrop of the Thames and the original Power Station building. Reportedly one of the fastest-selling developments when it was first offered to the public in 2013, Circus West offers the sort of well-rounded living experience that has since become a benchmark for premium estates in London: residents occupy a variety of one to three-bedroom flats or a handful of exclusive waterfront penthouses, all of which confer access to the Riverhouse members’ club.

The best, however, is yet to come, as Battersea management continues to work (amid the unique challenges of London’s post-lockdown environment) through the second and third phases of the development.

Battersea Power Station
Retail complex at the Battersea Power Station.

At the centre of phase two is a top-to-bottom refurbishment of the Power Station itself, with architecture firm WilkinsonEyre instructed to infuse the original Art-Deco structure “with a 21st century sensibility.” Currently scheduled to open to the public in 2021, the Power Station will house 253 new apartments in addition to a multi-storey retail complex (mocked up above). Among a host of big international names, Apple has announced it will move its London campus to the building.

Battersea Roof Garden, by Foster and Partners.

For the third phase of Battersea’s redevelopment, both Foster and Partners and Gehry Partners were tapped to design the Battersea Roof Gardens and Prospect Place respectively — intended to function as “the gateway to the entire development and new Northern [underground] line extension.”

The Frank Gehry-designed Prospect Place.

Despite still being in the preliminary stages, Prospect Place is already being hailed as an extremely important project for Gehry Partners — the firm’s first private residence in the UK. It’s reported — in the convention of the traditional London townhome — all buildings will be built with access to a private garden; whereas every individual apartment will have access to its own terrace or winter green space.

For inquiries, email sales@batterseapowerstation.co.uk or visit Battersea Power Station online for more details.

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Buy a New Apartment at Embassy Gardens in London

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Who cares about Brexit? Despite widespread uncertainty regarding the UK’s future departure from the European Union, London’s luxury property market has remained resilient, with prices continuing to rise and new high-end developments opening all over the British capital. London’s most ambitious and exciting property development of the moment is none other than Embassy Gardens, an expansive 15-acre riverside project on the South Bank of the River Thames that’s anchored by the new U.S. Embassy. 

Located in the fast-transforming Nine Elms district, home to the iconic Battersea Power Station, Embassy Gardens is a landmark development which, when completed, will include nearly 2,000 new homes, stunningly landscaped gardens, offices and flexible work spaces, leisure facilities, and 130,000 square feet of bar, restaurant and retail space, including a new Waitrose supermarket. In addition to being the final chapter in the remarkable story of the South Bank’s revitalisation, Nine Elms will also become better connected to the rest of the city with the extension of the London Underground’s Nothern line to include stations at Nine Elms and Battersea.

Opening in three phases, Embassy Gardens has just completed its second phase (also known as the Legacy Buildings), which means that developer EcoWorld Ballymore is set to release a new collection of 2-bedroom apartments in Legacy 1 and Legacy 3, two buildings that overlook the US Embassy and the meticulously landscaped gardens in Embassy Square. Fortunately for Hong Kong buyers, the launch of these new apartments will take place during a two-day exhibition (16 and 17 November 2019) held at Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong. 

Both standing 22 storeys tall, Legacy 1 and Legacy have an architectural feature you won’t find anywhere else: the Sky Pool, a world-first in swimming pool design that connects the two buildings on the 10th storey. The interiors are just as impressive, having been designed by Benningen Lloyd and Luis Bustamente to offer residents the best in contemporary luxury living. 

Inspired by Soho lofts, the new 2-bedroom apartments coming to market feature an open-plan design that maximises space and makes the most of the natural that light that comes in through the floor-to-ceiling windows. Light-coloured oak, marble worktops, black granite, luxurious leather, richly woven fabrics, polished steel and handcrafted Spanish porcelain tiles and amongst the beautiful materials used throughout each apartment. 

Being a 21st-century luxury development, Embassy Gardens offers residents a dazzling assortment of amenities: the Eg:le Club, a private residents’ club for work, relaxation and entertaining; a rooftop bar with breathtaking views; a private gym with a yoga studio, boxing ring, and top-tier equipment; a business centre with two dedicated meeting rooms; a full-service health spa; a private cinema and more. Robin Gill, Good Food Guide Chef of the Year, is behind not one but two restaurants here: Darby’s, a ground-floor eatery focussed on immersive Irish cuisine; and a forthcoming 10-floor restaurant exclusively open to residents.

All this is in addition to Embassy Gardens’ ample dining, shopping and entertainment options, proving that this development is fast becoming a dynamic hub of London and a community in its own right. With its combination of great design, incredible amenities, beautiful green spaces and so much more, this wonderfully rejuvenated district is shaping up to be one of the most desirable places to live in London, one that’s worthy of your consideration whether you’re seeking a pied-a-terre or a permanent relocation.

If you’re interested to learn more about Embassy Gardens, be sure to attend the upcoming exhibition on 16 & 17 November 2019 from 11am-7pm at Edinburgh Room, 2/F, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road Central, Hong Kong. If you’re curious to learn more about this burgeoning district of London, don’t miss the “Transforming London-Nine Elms Regeneration” presentation, which will be held Friday, 15 November at 7pm; Saturday, 16 November and Sunday, 17 November at 2pm.

For further information, or to register your interest, please contact Cushman & Wakefield at +852 2507 0578 or ipm.hk@cushwake.com.

Michael Alan Connelly
A Chicagoan by birth and a New Yorker by habit, Michael has more than a decade of experience in digital publishing at leading titles in the U.S. and Asia. When he's not checking out Hong Kong's newest restaurants and bars or jet setting around the globe, you'll find him hanging out with his dog Buster and enjoying an Aperol Spritz.