The site owners – S P Setia, Sime Darby and the Employees’ Provident Fund of Malaysia – have submitted plans for “Development Zone RS1” designed by Ian Simpson Architects and de Rijke Marsh Morgan, with landscaping by Exterior Architecture and LDA Design.
The application covers the details of the scale of the buildings and structures, the external appearance and the landscaping within Phase 1. A linked application has also been submitted covering the internal configuration of the residential units, parking and servicing, as well as sustainability, energy and waste strategies.
Phase 1 consists of two buildings of varied heights between 8 and 18 storeys. They will be built to the west of the power station building on land which is currently vacant. It would provide 800 homes, a hotel and space for cafes, restaurants, bars, a gym, pool, spa, theatre and office studios. A new six-acre public park would form the setting for the new buildings.
The outline planning application for the Rafael Viñoly masterplan, alongside the three listed building consent applications, has been approved by Wandsworth Council, the Mayor of London, and the Secretary of State.
Construction on Phase One is scheduled to begin in 2013 with completion expected in 2016. Renovation work on the Grade II listed Power Station is due to commence in 2013. The remaining phases, including the new underground station will follow, with the entire development scheduled for completion in 2024.
Rafael Viñoly remains Masterplan Architect for the site and will continue to oversee the detailed delivery of the project.
The 40 acre site will accommodate about 8 million sq ft of accommodation including homes, shops, restaurants, cafes and bars. It will also include office floor space, hotel, event and conference spaces, community facilities, cultural space and a new 6 acre park overlooking the river Thames. DP9 are handling planning.
Leader of Wandsworth Council and co-chair of the Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership Ravi Govindia said: “The new owners picked up the keys just two months ago so it’s very encouraging to see the project moving ahead so quickly. This site is vital to the regeneration of the wider Nine Elms on the South Bank area and in particular the Northern Line Extension.”