Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Spotlight on Battersea; the Regenerated Power Station Is the Heart of a New Neighbourhood with Thousands of Homes, Shops and Businesses. by Anthea Masey

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Spotlight on Battersea; the Regenerated Power Station Is the Heart of a New Neighbourhood with Thousands of Homes, Shops and Businesses. by Anthea Masey

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Byline: Anthea Masey

THE image of the inflatable pig floating in the air between the chimneys of Battersea Power Station, from the cover of Pink Floyd's 1977 album, Animals, is indelibly lodged in the nation's collective memory. The story of the pig's unhappy flight is currently being told in the blockbuster exhibition about the progrock band at the Victoria & Albert Museum in South Kensington.

For years this image was as close as anyone could get to this iconic building. As numerous attempts to develop the site came to nothing, the glowering hulk of the disused power station sat rotting, cut off from public view.

This all changed in 2012 when Malaysian investors Sime Darby, Setia and the Employees Provident Fund bought the site and now after nearly five years they are ready to let the public in with a raised platform that offers the first close-up view of Sir Giles Gilbert Scott's monumental power station building and its breathtaking scale.

The development is now at the heart of an evolving neighbourhood with thousands of new homes, and its message is firmly welcoming. Entrance to the power station site is from the Thames Path through the brightly coloured arch under the Grosvenor railway bridge designed by the queen of colour and pattern, Morag Myerscough.

Inside are new shops and restaurants, a village hall which hosted the Power of Summer Festival, and small business start-up units. The aim is to surprise with new names not yet common on the high street, such as No 29 Power Station West, a smart new gastropub; Mother, a pizza restaurant that tourists will know from Copenhagen's meat packing district, and The Battersea General Store, an upmarket corner shop. Also set to open this year are seafood restaurant Wright Brothers, Italian restaurant Fiume, The Coffee Works Project, Flour Power City Bakery, wine boutique Vagabond, and spin studio, Boom Cycle.

The other big news is that Prince George has been enrolled at Thomas's Battersea private day school in Battersea High Street where he will start next month. Estate agent Sophie Poland at the local branch of John D Wood says Thomas's has long been popular: "We have always had a lot of families move to the area for that school." She adds that the area attracts Chelsea's young professionals and families, who come for more living space and the green open spaces of Battersea Park.

Battersea Square is less than four miles south-west of Trafalgar Square on the south bank of the Thames with Chelsea to the north, Vauxhall to the east, Clapham to the south and Wandsworth to the west.

the property scene BATTERSEA has riverside blocks of flats, the most renowned being Montevetro by Richard Rogers, which overshadows St Mary's Church, and Norman Foster's Albion Riverside. In Prince of Wales Drive there are red-brick mansion flats overlooking Battersea Park. …

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