Construction update: Battersea Power Station

The multi-billion redevelopment of Battersea Power Station made imfafous by Pink Floyd continues.

Viewed from Grovesnor Road
Phase 1 by SimpsonHaugh
The rebuilt wash towers over phase 1 
Full view of the wash towers among phase 1.
Over the construction hoarding where the Thames Path, will be re-routed upon completion. 
Cladding detail of Phase 1 
Forming part of the patchwork of developments along the Thames.
The completed cores within Battersea Power Station
Catching the twilight sun
The four wash towers pocking above the trees of Battersea Park.

Project Information

Address: 188 Kirtling St, London SW8 5BN

Architects (to date): dRMM | Foster + Partners | Gehry Partners | Rafael Viñoly | SimpsonHaugh and Partners and Wilkinson Eyre

Borough: Wandsworth

Developers: SP Setia and Sime Darby

Hotel beds: 260 (cumulatively over at least three hotels)

Office floorspace: 1,250,000 sq ft +

Public realm: Two new parks; Power Station Park and Prospect Park and Children’s Playground

Replacement of the four wash towers

Residential units: 3,900 +

Transport improvements; new station tube station, re-routing of the Thames path, new Thames clipper pier.


Construction update: Aykon London One

Aykon London One is better known for its distinctive stacked jenga block massing and for it being a first to have interiors by Versace Home, is pictured on the rise in Vauxhall.

From Pimlico
From Nine Elms Lane
From Vauxhall Gyratory
From Vauxhall Cross Transport interchange


Akyon London One, beginning to come into view from Tate Modern viewing gallery.

Project Information

Address: 69-71 Bondway

Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox

Borough: Lambeth

Developer: DICO UK Property Holding Limited

Floors: 50

Height: 168m

Residential units: 450

Proposal: Building P2 | Kings Cross

Friday 8th June – Kings Cross Central Limited Partnership (KCCLP) submitted detailed plans to the London borough of Camden for a mixed use scheme in the Kings Cross Central development adjacent to Lewis Cubitt Square and Coal Drops Yard.

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The location of plot p2 within the Kings Cross Masterplan area

The proposed scheme will deliver 193,621 sq ft and 18,267 sq ft, of office and retail floorspace respectively. A 600 seat theatre will also be built if granted planning permission.

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Potential seating configurations
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Artists Entrance for the proposed theatre on Wollenstonecraft Street

Massing/Design Evolution

The architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, have conjured up a scheme which has taken inspiration from structures by post-power architects such Le Corbusier and Albert C. Martin, by note of the deep facade, a distinctive base, middle and top.

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Sequence of diagrams showing the process of facade principles.


The frames will be pre-cast and designed to fit into the darker plates seen on neighbouring schemes such as the Plimsol Building. Whilst the concrete will be mostly white, this will be diluted with aggregates in order to better reflect the tones of adjacent buildings.

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Information regarding proposed cladding

Public Realm

The scheme in question will front onto Lewis Cubit Square, which opened in 2015. When completed in the early 2020s, the scheme will also link with the soon to open Coal Drop Yards designed by Thomas Heatherwick Architects.

Proposed scheme within the existing public realm

Project Information

Address: Building P2, corner of Handyside and Wollstonecraft Street.

Architect: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM)

Borough: Camden

Developer: Argent

Floors: 9

Office floorspace: 193,621sq ft

East Village | Stratford

A early evening stroll around the former 2012 Olympic Park, capturing a scheme which is using a innovate construction technique used by contractors Mace.

The towers of 30 and 26 floors have topped out, leading to the dismantling of the Pinned Climbing Jack Systems.

From the outset of bidding for right to host the olympic games in London in 2012, the athletes village in the north of the olympic park were always destined to be used for housing post games as part of the overall package of the olympic legacy. To date this houses in excess of 6,000 Londoners across 2,818 homes. All of which are managed by Get Living London a property management company, which preforms the role of landlord for it’s tenants.

Pedestrian footbridge over Carpenters Lock 

The parts for the Rising Factory were shipped to Purfleet from Turkey, all of 20,000 of them.

The Pinned Climbing Jack System has many advantages over more established construction methods such as;

  • Eliminating risk by reducing the requirement for Working at Height
  • Using more prefabricated parts reduces; overall man hours, emissions and disruption to residents through not needing to assemble parts on site which also reduces wastage.
  • Deploying the Rising Factory mitigates visual impact, as the factory rises it exposes a completed section of the building.
The first of the many high-rises of East Village, which has recently topped out.

The scheme currently under construction known as plot N08, is designed by architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and developers Qatari Diar Delancey, who have gone into a joint venture to set up the management organisation behind East Village Get Living London.

Plot N08 and Manhattan Loft Gardens which is catching the evening twilight.
Close up of the Pinned Climbing Jack Systems
Cladding detail on a finished section of the 30 floor tower

Project Information

Address: Plot N08, East Village, Stratford, E20

Architect: Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands

Borough: Newham

Developer: Qatari Diar Delancey

Floors: 30 | 26 | 8 | 8

Height: 113 | 100m

Residential units: 480 (approximately)


Glasshouse Gardens

A duo of residential towers in Stratford, that look onto Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Catching the late afternoon light
Viewed from the Aquatics Centre
Within the The International Quarter development

London Wall Place

The elevated pedestrian walkways surrounding London Wall Place have been opened to the public.

Catching the afternoon sun
Note the bend of the path around the remnant of the London Wall
Close up of the London Wall, which aforementioned development derives its name from.
Pedestrian links towards the Barbican Centre
Public Realm near Salters Hall
Foliage on London Wall Place
London Wall fits in on London Wall

Project Information

Address: 1-2 London Wall Place, London EC2Y 5DH

Architect: Make Architects

Developer: Brookfield and Oxford Properties

Floors: 12 | 16

Ward: Bassishaw

Office floorspace: 500,000 sq ft

Public Realm: 45,000 sq ft of public green space

Site Tour – Canary Wharf’s New Phase (Wood Wharf)

A site tour of Canary Wharf’s New Phase, better known as Wood Wharf. Access was  courtesy of Canary Wharf Group during Open Doors Week in March.

Wood Wharf will be expanding Canary Wharf’s footprint by 1/3 when fully complete. 
Looking out onto future phases of Wood Wharf
Floor 36 of The Grid Building
Looking down onto One Park Drive
10 Park Drive at Level 42
The Grid Building
Looking out onto South Dock
Construction of the lift mechanism which will enable a lifting bridge
This will be lush lawns and full of activity by 2023.
Cladding close up on One Park Drive
Canary Wharf’s New Phase from South Dock

Project Information

Address: Wood Wharf, Preston’s Road, London E14

Architects: Various

Borough: Tower Hamlets

Developer: Canary Wharf Group

Office floorspace: 1.9 million sq ft (175,000m2)

Public space: 3.6 hectares (8.9 acres)

Residential units: 3,277

Transport improvements: Improved connections throughout and cycling provisions

Retail Space: 275,000 sq ft (25,000m2)


An afternoon stroll along London’s Southbank on a damp Sunday afternoon.

The Line Up: National Theatre through to One Blackfriars
New Additions filling in the gaps to Brutalism and Portland Stone.
Paths lead to the Royal Festival Hall
The recently reopened Hayward Gallery
Royal Festival Hall Terrace and London Eye

One Bank Street

The twenty eight office development by architects Kohn Pedersen Fox and developers Canary Wharf, is continuing to take shape in Canary Wharf.

From Reuters Plaza
Northern Elevation from Middle Dock
Western Elevation from Westferry Dock
From Marsh Wall

Project Information

Address: 1 Bank Street , Canary Wharf , E14

Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox

Borough: Tower Hamlets

Developer: Canary Wharf Group

Floors: 28

Height: 147m

Office floorspace: 700,000 sq ft

Occupants (to date): Societe Generale

Public realm:  Public promenade along South Dock with retail units