Olympic landscapers secure Battersea Power Station contract


The Olympic Park landscapers were awarded the first phase of an £8bn project to redevelop Battersea Power Station today.


By Dan Cooper, Luke Gardener, Danielle Mendel & Katie Richardson

The Olympic Park landscapers were awarded the first phase of an £8bn project to redevelop Battersea Power Station today.

LDA Design will work alongside Ian Simpson Architects and dRMM to redevelop the area which will include 800 flats, a spa, a theatre and restaurants.

The project, consisting of seven phases, is due to start later this year and will provide 3,500 new homes and 160,000 sq ft of office space when complete.

LDA Director Rob Aspland said: “This is one of the biggest development opportunities in the UK since the London 2012 Olympics.

“While that event helped to regenerate East London, this project will provide a massive boost to Wandsworth and South West London. We are delighted to be involved in both.”

LDA were also responsible for other London projects including Burgess Park and the restoration of Arnold Circus and Victoria Park.

Wandsworth Council said they hope the development will bring prosperity to the borough.

“The regeneration of Nine Elms will be one of the greatest sources of new jobs and homes in the country over the next few years,” said Ravi Govindia, Wandsworth Council Leader and Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership co-chair.

“This is the most exciting development in London and will deliver a massive boost to economic growth.”

Battersea Project Land Company will start building in autumn 2013.

Meanwhile, landscapers are reaping the rewards following the huge investment in the Olympic Games.

Denise Ewbank, PR Manager for the British Association of Landscape Industries, said: “The Olympics were a fantastic global showcase for British landscaping.”

The Royal Chartered body for landscape architects, the Landscape Institute, praised LDA.

Paul Lincoln, Director of Policy and Communications, said: “Their understanding of the history of London Parks as well as the needs of the present generation of park users, places them in an excellent position to offer an inspiring approach to this project.”

Established in 1979, LDA help to regenerate communities and are currently working on several projects globally.

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