Following 30 years of planning, the redevelopment of London’s 39 acre Battersea Power Station site has commenced. The scheme will provide new homes, employment, retail and leisure opportunities, all connected to central London by an extended tube and road network.
At the heart of the development will be the iconic Grade II listed power station building, surrounded by new homes, offices (including the UK headquarters for Apple), shops, community and leisure facilities forming a self-sufficient, vibrant and inviting new community, and creating over 14,000 new jobs. New buildings will open onto 22 acres of high-quality open space that will be home to play areas, water features, outside performance areas, river frontage, public art and much more.
PBA was appointed as lead consultant to design the level highways access and residents vehicle access into the development. This involved the design of an embanked road section over a wide Thames water asset and the co-ordination of multiple phases of road construction to ensure uninterrupted site access for adjacent development phases. The works include a suspended highway and the entrance to a resident car park built over an existing temporary access bridge that supports the current residents access road. The design maximises development potential by implementing a foundation which allows three basement levels to be built underneath the pump house lane highway. The road and suspended highway structure houses key site infrastructure including district heating mains and site power distribution.
PBA’s design involved multidisciplinary design teams from civil and structural, M&E, bridges, geotechnical and environmental, and utilities. PBA have been asked to assist with the sub-contract procurement and provide ongoing site support throughout the complex construction phases during 2019.
The Battersea Power Station masterplan has an estimated capital cost of circa £2.5bn and a delivery programme which completes in 2025.