Chelsea Waterfront powers ahead with final planning sign-off

Lots Road Power Station site is the biggest development on the north bank of the Thames in over a century

After more than a decade of design, plans for the luxury regeneration of Lots Road Power Station and its surroundings – the biggest development on the north bank of the Thames in over a century – have been fully signed-off.

The eight acre riverside enclave – now rebranded as Chelsea Waterfront – is being developed by Hutchison Property Group, with architecture practice Farrells running point on design.

Farrells has now completed the planning process for the major scheme, which straddles the Royal Borough and Hammersmith & Fulham, with section 73 consent granted for new architecture in relation to the original 2005 planning consent.

New plans allow another 420 units (165 affordable and 255 private) on the Kensington and Chelsea side of the site.

The massive original power station building (originally built in 1904) is being fitted-out by Formation Architects, while Farrells is behind two monumental glass residential towers which soar 37 and 25 storeys into the West London skyline, flanking the Victorian red-brick power station and intended to “mirror” the original chimneys.

A total of ten separate buildings (including the Power Station), three new bridges and two new public open squares will make up the new eight-acre quarter, with 600 metres of Thames walkway being installed as part of the process.

The Hammersmith & Fulham side of the site is already well underway, with completion expected in mid-2019. Everything should be done and dusted by 2020.

Knight Frank and Savills are on resi sales duties.

Farrells Principal Terry Farrell: “We are delighted to have been granted planning consent for the redevelopment of this site. Combining contextual modern architecture with quality placemaking, Chelsea Waterfront will bring new life to the north bank.”

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