20th September 2013
GEHRY PARTNERS AND FOSTER + PARTNERS CHOSEN FOR BATTERSEA POWER STATION
GEHRY PARTNERS AND FOSTER + PARTNERS CHOSEN FOR BATTERSEA POWER STATION. London, 23rd October 2013: On behalf of the shareholders of Battersea Power Station, Battersea Power Station Development Company announces that Gehry Partners and Foster + Partners, two of the world’s most innovative and renowned architectural practices have been chosen to design Phase 3 at Battersea Power Station. This will be architect Frank Gehry’s first building in London.
Phase 3 will be one of the most exciting areas of the Battersea Power Station development, otherwise known as the High Street. Being a retail pedestrian street it is the gateway to the entire development and the new Northern Line extension. Phase 3 will comprise two residential development zones located either side of the High Street. Both architectural practices are collaborating on the High Street; Gehry Partners is designing the residential buildings to the east of the High Street, with Foster + Partners designing the residential buildings to the west. In total, Phase 3 will comprise 1200 residential units, a 200 room hotel overlooking both the town square and the Power Station, 350,000 sq. ft. of retail and restaurant space, a 15,000 sq. ft. library and further leisure space.
Frank Gehry, founder of Gehry Partners commented;
“Gehry Partners is honored to have this wonderful opportunity to collaborate with our respected colleagues Foster + Partners on this seriously important project for the city of London. Our goal is to help create a neighborhood and a place for people to live that respects the iconic Battersea Power Station while connecting it into the broader fabric of the city. We hope to create a design that is uniquely London, that respects and celebrates the historical vernacular of the city.”
Grant Brooker, Design Director, Foster + Partners commented;
“We moved our own office to Wandsworth almost twenty five years ago – the Borough is very important to us, so we were absolutely delighted to be chosen to be part of this inspiring regeneration project for the Battersea Power Station redevelopment. It has a vision which will transform this area and create a vibrant new district for South London that we can all be proud of. Along with our colleagues at Gehry Partners, we are joining a great team of designers and we will work closely with them to create a new high street and our part of this exciting new community.”
Rob Tincknell, Chief Executive Officer for Battersea Power Station Development Company commented:
“We are thrilled to have two such well regarded architectural practices join the team and for Battersea Power Station to be the home to Gehry’s first building in London. This clearly demonstrates both the quality and the design aspirations which our shareholders are determined to achieve, as well as the extraordinary design solutions which the site deserves. We are very confident that Phase 3 will be something groundbreaking and wonderful in London.”
The mixed-use Battersea Power Station master plan is designed by Rafael Viñoly. It spans 39 acres of prime River Thames frontage and comprises over 3,400 new homes as well as offices, shops, restaurants, bars, cafes, hotels, community and leisure space and 18 acres of open space. Specialist restoration architects Wilkinson Eyre is appointed to the Power Station building and Ian Simpson Architects alongside dRMM has designed Circus West, Phase 1 of the development.
In July 2013, a ground breaking ceremony took place at Battersea Power Station with the Prime Minister of the UK, the Prime Minister of Malaysia and the Mayor of London.
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Notes to Editors
Battersea Power Station
The Rafael Viñoly designed mixed-use master plan comprises a careful blend of residential, offices, shops, leisure and hospitality. The iconic Battersea Power Station, a Grade II* listed building, will form the central focus of the plans and will be carefully restored with public accessibility at its core.
The 39-acre site overlooks over 400 metres of London’s famous River Thames, is directly opposite Chelsea and less than a mile and a half (2.4km) from the Houses of Parliament. According to Prime Minister David Cameron, it is the ‘jewel in the crown’ of central London’s significant regeneration area, Nine Elms on London’s South Bank.
The Power Station site is designated as a new town centre for the area, with a new High Street, town square and tube station which will be served by the Northern Line Extension of the London Underground. Battersea Power Station is contributing £200m to the NLE, which was guaranteed by the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne in the Autumn Statement of November 2012. The redevelopment will deliver a genuine mix of residential, retail and recreational opportunities alongside riverside landscaping and space for the arts.
The Battersea Power Station site is owned by a consortium of Malaysian investors comprising S P Setia, Sime Darby and the Employees’ Provident Fund. The development management of the project is being undertaken by British based, Battersea Power Station Development Company. Battersea Power Station received outline Planning Consent in August 2011. Phase One received detailed planning consent from The London Borough of Wandsworth on 13th December 2012.
About Gehry Partners, LLP
The Gehry Partners team on the Battersea project is headed by Craig Webb and Brian Aamoth. Gehry Partners, LLP is a full service architectural firm with extensive international experience in the design and construction of academic, museum, theater, performance, commercial, and master planning projects.
Founded in 1962 and located in Los Angeles, California, Gehry Partners currently has a staff of approximately 125 people. Every project undertaken by Gehry Partners has Frank Gehry personally involved. Frank is supported by the broad resources of the firm and the extensive experience of the firm’s senior partners and staff. On Battersea, the design team will be led by Craig Webb who has collaborated with Frank for over 20 years. Current projects include: Guggenheim Abu Dhabi; LUMA Foundation in Arles, France; Divan Orchestra in Berlin; Eisenhower Memorial in Washington, D.C.; King Street Development in Toronto, Ontario; Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia; Q-MOCA in Quanzhou, China; and West Campus for Facebook in Menlo Park, California. Projects under construction include the Puente de Vida Museum of Biodiversity in Panama; Foundation Louis Vuitton Museum in Paris, France and the Dr. Chau Chak Wing Building for the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.
About Foster + Partners
Established as Foster Associates in 1967, the practice now known as Foster + Partners is an international studio for architecture, planning and design. Its work ranges in scale from one of the largest buildings on the planet, Beijing International airport, to its smallest commission, a range of door furniture. The scope of this work includes masterplans for cities, the design of buildings, interior and product design. There is also a strong interest in city planning and the infrastructure of communication. Projects can be found on six continents throughout the world: Europe, North and South America, Africa, Asia and Australasia and the practice has project offices worldwide, with its main studio in London. Since its inception the practice has received more than 630 awards and citations for design excellence and has won over 100 national and international competitions.
The studio has established an international reputation with buildings such as Swiss Re’s London Headquarters, Hearst Headquarters in New York, the Winspear Opera House in Dallas, Millau Viaduct in France, the new German Parliament in the Reichstag, Berlin, The Great Court for the British Museum, Headquarters’ for HSBC in Hong Kong and London, Commerzbank Headquarters in Frankfurt and the Metro Bilbao. Recent work includes the sustainable Masdar City development in Abu Dhabi, the Al Haramain High Speed Rail stations in Saudi Arabia, Spaceport America, the world’s first private spaceport in New Mexico, the masterplan for the West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong and Queen Alia International Airport in Jordan.