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Supertall Battersea Power Station Plans

The latest plans for Battersea Power Station have been unveiled, this time featuring a 300 metre tall tower.

Property developer REO, a vehicle owned largely by Irish firm Treasury Holdings, purchased the site for 400 million and hired Rafael Vinoly, designer of 20 Fenchurch Street, better known as the Walkie Talkie to take on the role of architect and dream up something different.

Vinoly takes over from previous architect, Nicholas Grimshaw of the Eden Project, as the visionary leading the project.

The idea is to create an "eco dome" with a 300 metre tall "spark plug" exposed within to the elements that rises from a glass canopy which encases landscaped interior garden areas and five office buildings. The dome is designed to create air pockets on the tops of the office buildings that will allow tropical roof gardens in London's more temperate climate - something that is sure to be a unique selling point with potential tenants.

The "spark plug" will work partly as a ventilator allowing air to circulate in through the sides of the dome and out of the of the top of it. It takes on the concept of a chimney as defined previously by Battersea Power Station quartet which are iconic on the London skyline but this time round the exhaust is reinvented with the project aimed at being zero carbon.

Ringing the "spark plug" are sections of flats up to 240 metres high but mitigating the extreme height is the glass section making up the last 60 metres that will blend the structure in with the sky.

Included in the scheme is not only the glass dome and tower but the full renovation of the existing listed Battersea Power Station with 90,000 square metres of retail space within turning it into a huge shopping mall, the construction of numerous new buildings including over 1,000 new apartments, 250,000 square metres of offices and 50,000 square metres of leisure space.

Perhaps in recognition of the scheme's previous financial failings which due to the requirement of having to retain the power station faces additional expense, the developer has already appealed to the planning authorities to go easy on them and not insist on too many affordable homes so that they can afford to go where others have not been able to and finally complete the project.

Another issue that is finally being faced up to is the relatively poor transportation links that Battersea has with the rest of London. The developer recognises this and is aiming at having an underground station built as part of an extension of the Northern Line from Kennington. It won't be cheap at 347 million but it would see a station built here with an additional stop at Wandsworth Town.

As stunning as the design may be, there's already one problem lurking on the horizon - just how do they expect to get planning permission for it? Is London's new mayor ambitious enough to give it the thumbs up?

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