Prince of Wales tops out

The joint venture between National Grid and Berkeley Group’s St William has topped out at its Prince of Wales Drive site in Battersea.

The scheme will deliver 955 new homes, including 229 housing association homes for low cost rent and shared ownership, and a gym, commercial space, nursery, café and shops.

The development is reconnecting the five-acre, former gasworks site to Battersea with half of the site made up of landscaping and open space among 11 buildings.

Prince of Wales Drive has provided more than 370 jobs during construction, and on completion will deliver 85 permanent jobs.

Cllr Ravi Govindia, Leader of Wandsworth Council, said: “This is another exciting redevelopment of a formerly industrial site in Nine Elms where leading housing association Clarion is set to provide more than 200 homes for low cost rent and for shared ownership – and at no cost to taxpayers. Four thousand housing association and council homes are on their way in this previously disused area, in what is becoming a new and exciting part of Battersea to live in and to visit.”

Tony Pidgley CBE, Chairman of the Berkeley Group, said: “New homes are vital, but we must keep striving for quality. By putting people first in our thought process, we are making sure these new places are social, sustainable, and safe. Today’s ceremony not only marks a milestone for Prince of Wales Drive but also highlights the continued achievements made by St William to serve local communities. From our commitment to creating jobs for local people and developing the careers of our apprentices from the Street Elite initiative, to the delivery of much needed housing, we aim to give back to the community in this part of Battersea.”

The first residents are expected to move in from next year, with the site complete by 2025.

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