Battersea Power Station has won best new office building at the recent New London Architecture (NLA) Awards. The award relates to the Wilkinson Eyre Architects’ design for the 470,000 sq. ft. of workspace being created within the Power Station itself.
The NLA Awards recognise the very best new and proposed architecture, planning and development in the capital. Over 130 projects across 15 categories were shortlisted and Battersea Power Station was awarded the best office space in its ‘unbuilt category’.
The office space within the Power Station comprises six, 80,000 sq. ft. floor plates, which are some of the largest in Central London. This is set around a grand central atrium called the Boiler House Lounge which measures 80m x 20m x 26m. The design is commensurate with the original rich industrial aesthetics of the Power Station with a warehouse ‘look and feel’.
It will be a unique and inspiring place to work with exposed brickwork, impressive steelwork and above average floor to ceiling heights – all part of the imaginative restoration of the building. In addition to the six floors of offices, the building will have a fantastic mix of shops, restaurants and cultural spaces.
The Power Station which sits at the heart of the 42-acre development will open to the public in 2020, coinciding with the opening of a new Northern Line Tube station, marking the first major extension of the Underground since the Millennium.
This recognition follows the Battersea Power Station team winning awards for the quality of its planning applications, public engagement strategies and contribution to public health and wellbeing, in recent weeks.
In 2015 a partnership was formed with local organisation Battersea Arts Centre to help develop the new Village Hall that will lie within the first phase of the development. The new partnership will curate a varied and exciting programme of arts and cultural activities for both residents and locals alike.
The site will transform into a new London venue able to host an array of events with unique spaces on offer including the Village Hall, a 2,000 person venue within the Power Station and the restored Control Room A.
Commenting on the award, Andrew Hilston – Head of Office Leasing at Battersea Power Station Development Company – said: “We are honoured to be recognised with this fantastic award. This is testament to the vision, hard work and commitment of the entire team on site. We look forward to welcoming occupiers into this truly unique office space.”
Battersea Power Station is owned by a Malaysian consortium comprising Sime Darby, S P Setia and EPF, who regard quality infrastructure and design as crucial components to create a better built environment for all.
Across the entire development, roughly half of the site is devoted to shops, restaurants, hotels, green space and spaces for the arts, while the other half is residential. The first commercial tenants for Phase 1, Circus West Village, were confirmed earlier in the year.
For more information, go on-line at: http://www.batterseapowerstation.co.uk