Green light for build-to-rent on ‘the last undeveloped site at Battersea Reach’

Angle's nine-storey mixed-use scheme on York Road gets the go-ahead from planners

Planning permission has been granted for a build-to-rent scheme on what the developer Angle Property is calling “the last undeveloped site at Battersea Reach”.

Designs by architects TP Bennett for the former Shell petrol station at 262 York Road, SW18 rise nine storeys and will deliver 89 residential units for the private rented market, along with a commercial unit at ground floor with office, retail space and a lobby, ground floor car parking and a one-storey partial basement, which will house bike storage, plant and back of house.

The apartments (36x one-bed; 48x two-bed; 5x three-bed) include a series of duplex units designed to stagger over the course of each level, with large protruding balconies giving the new building a particular look. There’s a terrace at first floor level, residents’ amenity spaces on some floors, and top-floor penthouses are stepped back from the perimeter, built around a lightweight steel frame.

An original proposal, to build on top of the existing Shell garage, was shelved (despite being approved by planners) in favour of a complete demolition job coming in at around 10,000 square metres. Building on top of a petrol station still presents its problems, though, including potential ground contamination and a concealed underground gas tank: consultancy firm Meinhardt has been working on these for a over a year, and thinks it has managed to resolve everything without impacting on architectural designs.

Angle aims to start works early in 2018, with an 18-month schedule to completion.

Development teamsheet

  • Developer: Angle Property
  • Architect: TP Bennett
  • Structural consultancy: Meinhardt UK
  • Construction: Due to go out to tender in Autumn 2017