The Stage has announced that Battersea Power Station will invest over £6.8 million in a cultural programme as part of its renovation of the Power Station , which is to include a brand new s created in collaboration with Battersea Arts Centre. It is located under the railway arches next to the south London power station, the Village Hall is a 5,000 sq ft multi-use space with two performance spaces. There is a 150-seat main hall that will be programmed with theatre, dance and comedy, as well as a smaller studio space, which can be used for more community based activity. The Village Hall has been created in partnership with Batter Arts Centre. BAC artistic director David Jubb said the organisation had an unconventional relationship with the Village Hall. "It’s not about us just parachuting in and saying: ‘Hey, Battersea Arts Centre is here.’ It's about partnership and how we work together. "Battersea Power Station has employed their own in-house team here that we can support. As a venue operator just up the road, also with a flexible space, it's about asking how can we support these guys to learn how to run their own venue, programme it, shape it," Jubb said. Kate Scanlan, has been appointed as senior events manager for the Village Hall and said there was a challenge in creating a community-led arts venue as part of a new development. "We are all committed to this vision of how culture is the central point of creating a sense of a new space in an iconic location that everybody loves, everyone feels ownership over but actually no one has ever had public access to. "The partnership with BAC is so important. We are not trying to copy BAC, that wouldn't work, but we are trying to create a space that we want people to love like they love BAC." The Village Hall will also host residencies for artists from different genres, in order to connect them with the space, Scanlan said.
Tory junior minister Jane Ellison has lost her Battersea seat. The labour party won the seat with a most unexpected swing of 10% from Tory to Labour.Not something most of the community expected. Marsha de Cordova, a disability rights campaigner, took the seat overturning a Tory majority of 8,000. Speaking after the loss of junior minister Jane Ellison in Battersea, and concerns over James Wharton in Stockton South, George Osborne said: ‘These are not people we should be losing from parliament, and there will be a very big post-mortem coming.’
The famous Italian chef Frencesco Mazzei has just announced a new restaurant opening in the Battersea Power Station development. It will be his third since 2015 after new openings Sartoria on Savile Row and Radici in Islington. Although owned by Mazzei it will be run on a day to day basis by the new head chef Francesco Chiarelli, Fiume. It is part of the first phase of Battersea Power Station's £9billion redevelopment, Circus West Village, the restaurant is by the Thames and overlooking the piazza. Chef Patron Francesco Mazzei said: “When I saw the plans for Circus West Village and Battersea Power Station as a whole, there was no doubt in my mind that I wanted to be involved. “It is a one-of-a-kind project that will attract people from all over the world and I cannot wait to feed them all.” Fiume will be a 120-cover venue designed by Macaulay Sinclair and feature an open kitchen with a wood-fired oven, bar counter dining for 15 covers, and a terrace where up to 50 guests can dine al fresco.n
Families are scrambling to buy expensive homes over the £4 million pound bracket in the areas surrounding the school to be attended by Prince George from September. There has been a huge leap in enquiries from parents seeking homes near the £6,000-a-term Thomas’s Battersea day school. Knight Frank sales manager Kris Ericsson says: “It is no coincidence that within four days of the news breaking last month, registrations for houses of four and five bedrooms went up 60 per cent. "The enquiries were for specific areas, very near the school in Battersea High Street. They were parents wanting to send their own children there, with large homes overlooking the park in biggest demand. "The only problem is the dearth of such houses on the market.”
According to an article in the financial times, it seems Battersea is becmoing a popular destination for people working in the finance markets. Bankers and insurance workers are heading to the area as it's close to Chelsea, but doesn't come with the associated cost of property.House prices in Chelsea are generally much higher than the property prices of Battersea. Come September, Thomas’s school on Battersea High Street will also welcome perhaps the most famous four-year-old on the planet: Prince George. Last month, the developer behind the Battersea Power Station scheme of more than 4,360 apartments slashed profit forecasts amid rising costs and wider economic uncertainty. According to Knight Frank data, house prices across Battersea are down 2.6 per cent in the year to March. Yet Kris Ericsson, sales manager at Knight Frank Battersea & Nine Elms, argues that domestic interest is still strong: “I haven’t seen this many British born or European buyers looking in Battersea since the end of 2011, 2012.” On the other side of Battersea Park, Banda Property is marketing a duplex, three-bedroom penthouse in a new-build block on Radstock Street in North Battersea for £7.95m. you can read the original article here: Bankers head to Battersea article
In a horrific attack on an estate in Battersea, a 17 year old was hacked to death by a masked gang wielding machetes yesterday. The victim was chased by a gang wearing balaclavas and carrying machetes and large knives who stabbed him multiple times and left him sprawled on the bonnet of a car in Battersea. Residents were woken at 1.30 am by screams of "help me i'm dying" The alarm was quickly raised but unfortunately the boy was pronounced dead in hospital aprproximately 90 mins later. People from Ingrave Street mentioned the gang arrived to the area in a car and had been “hassling” passers-by earlier in the evening also. A 45-year-old neighbour said: “There were about six of them, they jumped out of the car and started chasing him immediately. He was on his bike but they caught up with him and stabbed him. So far there have been no arrests and the police are investigating.
Wandsworth childrens services have been upgraded by the Department of education. It has gone from 'inadequate' to ' making solid progress' in the lastest report. Ofsted published its latest report on April 6th and found that social work practises had become stronger whichmeant an all round better experience and leads to 'better outcomes for most children' Councillor Jeremy Ambache, the Labour lead for education and children’s services said: "Since the Ofsted judgement Labour councillors have played a positive role in developing and implementing the agreed Improvement Plan" "An important part of the 'improvement journey' has been that councillors take responsibility for their leadership and scrutiny roles in relation to children’s services. "Labour councillors will continue to champion the need for further improvements in Wandsworth’s children’s service. "We all owe it to our children to make sure they are safeguarded from abuse. "Young people who are in the care of the council (and those receiving aftercare support when they leave care) should be given the best possible start in life."
The new devlopment is now well under way at the Battersea Power Station. One of these developments, Battersea Roof Gardens will have a 1200 ft long 'forest in the sky ', a fitness deck, a rooftop swimming pool and has been designed to have plants that wont blow away in high winds. Designing a garden in the sky created unique challenges for James Corner — including having to strap plants down so they won’t blow away in high winds. James Corner, the landscape architect behind New York’s High Line linear park and the spectacular Olympic Park planting in 2012, is responsible for designing the rooftop space which gives the name to Battersea Roof Gardens, the new Norman Foster built proper development right beside Battersea Power Station. “The fact it is raised up so high means you get some extraordinary views of the Thames, and really unusual close-up views of Battersea Power plant,” says Corner, founding partner and chief executive of James Corner Field Operations, based in New York. “And it is a linear site, which immediately suggests some sort of journey or pathway.” The garden is almost 1,200ft long, so residents will be able to wander from viewing point to private seating area, stopping off at the “fitness deck” for an exercise class, or pausing to enjoy the “forest in the sky” — a copse of young maple, birch and aspen trees, some with hammocks strung into their branches. Trees and larger shrubs are at particular risk of uprooting in high winds, so Corner’s team anchored their root balls to the roof using nylon straps. There is also a lawn for sunbathing, and a rooftop pool. Individual plants have been chosen for their year-round colour, from jolly spring daffodils to the red berries of holly bushes in winter. The whole garden is encircled by a hedge, while plenty of ferns and grasses will give the space a lush, textured effect.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have decided that the young Prince George will attend the private Battersea school St Thomas's in September. The school is relatively close to the family home at Kensington Palace. The duke and duchess said they were "delighted" to have found a school for their son - the third in line to the throne .Prince George who four in July. The school's headmaster, Ben Thomas, said he was "honoured" to welcome the prince as a pupil. He said: "We greatly look forward to welcoming him and all of our new pupils to the school in September."
Not relevant to Battersea specifically at all, but we just thought everyone should be reminded of this. AFter recent events in Westminster this reminder came through that sometimes you may need to alert the emergency services that there is a real issue, but you might not be able to talk. Usually when you dial 999 the operator asks which emergency service you require before rerouting the call to either the police, ambulance service or fire brigade.If a 999 caller doesn’t talk, the operators are trained to then ask them to cough or make another audible sound so they know there is someone there.There are certain situations however when it may not be safe to make a noise – for example it could alert a potential attacker to your hiding place. If you dont react to this request the operator will have no choice but to hang up as its usually a pocket dial. There is a way to let them know you need help though. Dial 55. This has actually been in place for about ten years, but not many people know about it. We didn't ! It's called the ‘55’ Silent Solution protocol and worth remembering.