With an additional 16,000 new homes being built and planned, plus the 10,000 households who already live in and around the regeneration area, we are building a sizeable new community for central London. Existing residents already benefit from the area’s world class views, riverside location and proximity to central London. As the area develops new communities will be formed and there will be marked improvements to transport, new public space including a linear park and improvements to existing space, as well as new access to the river walk, making this an incredibly attractive and desirable place to be.
The Partnership is working together to ensure the new communities that form are fully integrated in the creation of a beautiful neighbourhood. St George’s and Chelsea Bridge Wharves have recently become home to the riverside area’s first ‘new arrivals’ and the Riverlight scheme will be the next to welcome new residents when it’s first phase opens in the autumn of 2014.
It is easy to see why the area is becoming such a sought-after location to live, work and visit and as regeneration progresses more people will experience the benefits on offer. The dramatically improved public realm will provide easy access to an enlivened riverside, the new linear park, neighbourhood squares and green spaces, as well as linking through to existing high quality oases at Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens and Battersea Park. Speed of access into the rest of central London will be dramatically improved with the Northern line extension and landmark pedestrian bridge, accompanied by improvements to Vauxhall, Battersea Park and Queenstown Road stations. Cultural activity, which already provides the vibrancy to Vauxhall and Battersea, will be a key feature of the area’s offer, truly living up to the ‘on the South Bank’ strapline, with new attractions at Battersea Power Station, New Covent Garden Market’s Garden Heart and new public art throughout the area.
There will be key services such as schools and health centres delivered in the area to serve the whole community and more will be made of the area’s railway arches, creating new food, leisure and retail space and providing access as part of making the area a well-connected, walkable neighbourhood.