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Designs Completed for Power Station Railway Link
Railway Station Modernisation to Cost £42m
Classic Victorian Ticketing Hall to Be Restored to Former Grandeur
London , 8th August 2006
Engineering contractors Costain Limited have completed their contract for the preconstruction design works involved in the
modernisation and upgrading of Battersea Park Railway. The works which
were commissioned by Battersea Power Station site developer Parkview
International detail proposals for opening up the viaducts, shopping
and café arcade, improved platform access, new entrances, covered
platforms and refurbishing the existing ticketing hall.
The current state of
the railway station leaves a lot to be desired and its modernisation
will be of considerable benefit to local users as well as visitors to
the Power Station. It is estimated that costs for
the whole project will total some £42 million with £28 million
allocated to construction. It is to be wholly funded by Parkview
without any public sector contribution and is just one part of the
developer’s wider commitment to improving the local environment and the
regeneration of East Battersea .
For the first time
since it was originally built in 1854 the station is to open to the
Park that bears its name. New entrances are to be created in Prince of
Wales’ Drive and Queens Circus opposite the Rosery Gate leading to the Battersea Park boating lake.
The archways to the north of the station are to be opened up and the space between the viaducts widened at the Prince of Wales Drive
end providing a link through the station between the new and existing
entrances. A new structure within the thoroughfare will support a
mezzanine deck above an arcade of shops and cafes including baby care
and restroom facilities.
The existing Grade II listed ticketing hall at the Battersea Park
road entrance is to be refurbished internally and restored to its
former Victorian grandeur. Over the years much of the historical
detailing and characteristics have been lost but these are to be
re-introduced as part of the renovation scheme. Externally the façade on Battersea Park road will be cleaned, windows and doors refurbished.
The existing steep
and narrow staircases to the platforms which make access very difficult
for the elderly, disabled and mothers with prams will be removed and
replaced with elevators and escalators. The five platforms are to be
completely refurbished with the Victorian cast iron canopy on platforms
two and three being restored while a new canopy will cover platforms
four and five which are currently exposed to the elements. There will also be a new canopy over platform one which is to be widened in order to accommodate increased passenger flows.
Battersea Park railway
station is a key part of the transport strategy for the Power Station
development and Parkview estimates that it will be the conduit for up
to 50 per cent of visitors to the Site. It provides a frequent service
to Victoria , Clapham Junction, London Bridge and south London , Surrey, and Sussex
. The railway station will be just a four minute landscaped walk
from the Power Station site. Following a review and refinement of the
design proposals, the railway station construction work will be
scheduled for completion in conjunction with the Power Station
John Russell, Costain Project Manager, said:” The objective is to create a railway station truly deserving of the 21st
Century. Designs incorporate state-of-the-art technology and the
highest standards of comfort, convenience and security but at the same
time harmonise with the station’s original Victorian heritage which
will be fully restored in all its glory.”
The main consultants to the developer Parkview forBattersea Park railway station worksare Costain with support from Grimshaw architects and Atkins Design and Engineering Solutions.
Note to Editors
Set on a 36 acre site alongside 380 metres (1235 ft) of prime Thames
riverside frontage, the redevelopment of the Battersea Power Station
site represents one of the largest urban regeneration projects in
central London . The developers, Parkview International, aim to create for London
, a new cultural, entertainment, business and events focus supported by
a dynamic and wide-ranging hotel, leisure and retail offering.
Simply called The Power Station, London
, the vision for the development embraces a place of fun and
celebration; an international meetings and events venue and a new
centre for the creative industries.
At its heart is the Power Station, a celebrated iconic building and a potent symbol of the energy and vitality that is London
. Surrounding the Power Station will be two hotels, over 70,000 square
metres of Class A office accommodation, a 2000+ seat auditorium and a
750 unit residential component.