London to see a new high street

Tuesday, 08 April 2014
London is getting a new high street. The much anticipated Battersea Power Station development designed by Guggenheim architect Frank Gehry will feature a new high street and retail outlet.

The street, which is to be called The Electric Boulevard, will link the new Northern Line tube station to the rest of the power station site, located south of the River Thames.

Ed Vaizey, Culture Minister, said: “The unveiling of this exciting new design by Frank Gehry and Foster + Partners will ensure the development of this former industrial site will put Battersea on the world stage once again. The plans for a new high street for the capital show that London continues to attract the best in terms of architecture, design and innovation.”

The Battersea Power Station master plan was designed by Rafael Vinoly and comprises more than 3,400 homes as well as offices, shops, restaurants, bars, cafes, hotels, community and leisure facilities and 18 acres of open space.

Work began on the first phase of the development, known as Circus West, in July 2013 while work on the restoration of the power station itself has begun.