‘Spark Plug’ tops power station’s commercial property plans


The Spark Plug, a 300 metre-high solar chimney, could be the centrepiece of Battersea Power Station’s redevelopment, has reported.

New plans for the overhaul of the landmark site have been revealed, they include 2,475 apartments and 123,400 sq metres of B1 office space.

The part-derelict building has been at the centre of several proposals. Should the scheme go-ahead it will feature a 300-bedroom hotel, 242 build-to-let units and more than 90,000 sq metres of retail space.

Developer Real Estate Opportunities (REO) has first to get its ambitious plans cleared by the planning authorities and is facing objections from community groups.

“Our contention is that the impact of the tower on the Palace of Westminster and the Westminster World Heritage Site would be catastrophic,” the Architects’ Journal reported a spokesperson for the Battersea Power Station Community Group said.

REO has defended its plans for the tower, which it claimed had been misunderstood.

Its spokesperson noted: “This is exactly the sort of irresponsible behaviour by the community action group that has caused so many delays to the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station.”