Following the receipt of planning consent for the redevelopment of the Battersea Power station to a masterplan by architect Rafael Vinoly, OMP were invited by site developers, REO an subsidary of Treasury Holdings to compete in a limited competition with 5 other architectural practices to design the first phase of mixed use development at this iconic London site. The practice had previously advised the Vinoly team during the masterplanning process on residential elements of the project. An interesting twist to the design process was the condition that all teams would be based in the PowerStation for a week during the preparation of their proposals. The first phase of development includes for over 700 apartments with extensive retail uses at ground and sub ground floor levels, a hotel and student accommodation and theatre and community facilities.
OMP’s approach was to make Battersea ‘An exemplar for Living’; a place where people want to live , work and visit. A podium level was proposed to act as a ‘foundation’ space offering both visual and physical linkages between the Power Station, the courtyards and beyond.
Large Portals penetrate the walls of development to act as addresses and connectors. The Power Station was at the centre of the design approach with the configuration of blocks, cores and typologies all positioned to offer the best views. The principal terrace building was organised to ensure that 75% of the units have a view of either the River or the Power Station. A series of simple pivots allowed the balconies edges to create a widly varied elevational pattern with a lightweight façade proposed on the River/ Station side and a more solid courtyard elevation on the inner facades. Our submission also included an extensive Design Execution Strategy Document prepared in collaboration with our Design Project Management consultants Buro 4.