Battersea estate set for huge revamp

By Knauf Insulation UK & Ireland
March 05, 2017

A couple of London's most notorious sink estates are set for a huge revamp, with some buildings set to be refurbished and others demolished and replaced.

The £1 billion scheme to redevelop the Winstanley and York Road estates will transform a 32-acre site, with Taylor Wimpey being tasked with the delivery of a new estate with 2,000 homes, plus leisure, retail and community space.  

Several options for the redevelopment were considered and put to a vote of tenants, who chose the third option that rejected the possibility of simply trying to refurbish all the existing buildings.

Instead, a few existing blocks will undergo refurbishment, which may include the fitting of new insulation, but most of the homes will be demolished and replaced. 

However, that means the new stock should be more modern, energy-efficient, well-insulated and generally more pleasant to live in, helping to make the estates more attractive. Both council tenants and owner-occupiers will be offered new homes so they can stay in the area. 

The retained buildings include Ganley Court, Gagarin House and Shepard House, plus two towers on the York Road estate. 

Taylor Wimpey saw off competition from firms such as Berkeley, Balfour Beatty, Lendlease and C&C Properties UK & Pinnacle Group to land the contract.

Redeveloping the two estates is a flagship scheme for the government and comes as large parts of Battersea are being redeveloped through the Nine Elms scheme. Indeed, the revamped estate will be located close by between Clapham Junction station and new luxury riverside housing on the other side of Battersea Park.

As well as the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station as a new residential development, thousands of new homes are being built alongside offices, shops, restaurants, various public facilities and two new London Underground stations in an area stretching from the old power station to Vauxhall in the borough of Wandsworth.