Phase 1 of the residential development Prince of Wales Drive in Battersea has completed. Design Delivery Unit were the delivery architects for the scheme, which has redeveloped a former National Grid Gas holder site to provide a residential led, mixed-use development for St William Homes LLP. It is unique in the U.K. for its adoption of the former gas holder’s subterranean structures as permanent formwork for the basement.
With concept architecture from Squire and Partners, the development will ultimately deliver 955 new homes across 3 phases, including 229 housing association homes for low cost rent and shared ownership, and wider community benefits. Set within 2.5 acres of landscaped gardens, Prince of Wales Drive is located moments from Battersea Park and Battersea Power Station, and is within one mile from Chelsea and the King’s Road.
Phase 1 sees the completion of four residential blocks: Chartwell House, Kensington House, Radley House and Huntington House. Traditional brickwork, inset balconies and metal work take inspiration from the Victorian architecture of the local mansion blocks that frame Battersea Park. Whilst the interior design pays homage to the site’s industrial heritage, with bespoke brushed bronze metal features and door ironmongery that echo the structure of the original gas holders.
Prince of Wales Drive will bring £34.4 million of Community Infrastructure Levy contributions to the local area including: a Gym Group gym, 65,000 sq. ft. of office space, a new nursery for 0-5 year olds, a café and additional food and retail units.