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.
TFL have just released a new walking map designed to improve information for people on the outskirts of the city. The map, which previously existed had now been extended to include both Zone 3 and also National Rail Stations. The map was released at Transport for Londons first major walking conference. The conference was set up to encourage making the city easy for pedestrians and try to reduce cars to make the city a more pleasant environment to live. YOu can access the map here: London Tube Walking Map
A teenage boy has been missing for a fortnight from Morden it has been revealved. Police are appealing for help to find Alban Visha.He has been missing from Morden since Friday, February 24. Anyone who sees Alban, or has any information about his whereabouts, is asked to call Merton police on 101. It's not impossible he's in the Battersea area, so please keep an eye out.
The Daily Mail has just published as article releasing a computer generated image that reveals what the London Skyline may look like if all the currently planned buildings and skyscrapers are built. South London , especially property being built in Battersea and Greenwich means a dramatic change to the landscape if all the planning applications go through, the mock-up shows. Dozens of skyscrapers are set to be built around Blackfriars Bridge while large-scale construction work will also take place along the South Bank, obscuring the views of many of the buildings already there. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3442773/Skyscraper-city-New-pictures-London-
It seems that in the current economic climate, the developers on the new Battersea Power Station are rethinking the initial design after the slump in demand for luxury properties. They are planning to replace the current design for apartments with up to one million square feet of office space. It seems the property market pinch is having a huge impact on the desire for such expensive Battersea property. The consortium of three Malaysian groups who are developing the site had planned more than 3,800 homes for the site on the 1930s London landmark.It mainly consists of luxury apartments, but since the plans were set out, the Battersea property prices at the high-end have taken a down turn.Scaring of many investors looking for a profit. Developers have, in turn, reviewed plans for phases of the £9bn scheme, a process that is still under way. One million square feet of extra office floor space would be roughly twice that of the Gherkin tower in the City of London. “I could easily see us adding another million square feet [of offices],” said Rob Tincknell, chief executive of the Battersea Power Station Development Company. “The great thing about a long-term scheme like this is we can adjust with the markets. If there’s no residential market and a very strong office market then we will build offices.” Apple is set to open its UK headquarters in 2021 in 500,000 sq ft of space within the Battersea power station building, a former coal-fired plant whose four chimneys make it an instantly recognisable part of the London skyline. You can see the original article here: Battersea Power Station Property
The Government is now at the stage of having open consultation with regards to the new Heathrow expansion. Residents of Wandsworth , including Battersea , have until May 25,2017 to voice an opinion and have their say. The Government sent a consultation leaflet outling the plans and asking for opinion to around 1.5 million homes around the airport including every address in Wandsworth. It lists potential economic benefits, but does not include information on increasing aircraft noise levels, pollution impacts, health impacts, taxpayer costs, traffic increases or the loss of noise respite periods. For more information, you can read the Wandworth council page here: Heathrow Expansion Consultation
Not far from the new Battersea Power station development yesterday, a massive crane lowerd two drilling machines into the ground for the first time.Helen and Amy as they have been named were lowered to begin tunnelling the new Northern line extension to Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station. The extension has been funded mostly by the private sector at a cool 1.2 billion pounds. This will bring two completely new underground stations to an area that has been crying out for extra transport links, and especially underground links for years.The machines weighing 650 tonnes and the length of a football pitch will tunnel into life in March this year. Helen and Amy, as they were named by local school children, will work tirelessly 20m underground in an effort to get the line open in 2020. It's the first Tube line extension since the Jubilee extension in the 1990's. The new extension will open in 2020 and is thought to be creating up to 25,000 new jobs in the area. It's estimated they will remove over 350,000 tonnes of earth during the project. The earth will be loaded onto Thames barges and floated down to East Tilbury to be spread on farmland. Of the cost, £1 billion in funding will be provided by the private sector.
Battersea Power Station stands proudly on the south bank of the River Thames as one of the most iconic buildings in the UK. Recogniseable by visitors to London from around the world, this once active coal-fired power station has stood empty since 1983 when it was finally decommissioned. However, thanks to an agreement with Malaysia’s SP Setia and Sime Darby the site is now being redeveloped and will see the power station and surrounding area developed into a multi-use area which will see a variety of properties developed as well as various commercial developments such as shops, restaurants, hotels and businesses. Short History of Battersea Power Station Development Battersea Power Station surprisingly was built as two power stations, Battersea A and Battersea B. Construction of Battersea A began in 1929 and was fully operational by 1935. The construction of Battersea B began in 1945 and was up and running fully by 1955. The two power stations are almost identical in design which is why what we know was Battersea Power Station today has the instantly recognizable four chimney layout. Battersea Power Station would go on to function as a coal-fired power station for the next few decades until in 1975, Battersea A was decommissioned followed by Battersea B in 1983. However, during its time as a power station (and in the subsequent years it lay empty) thanks to its unique look, it has been in demand as a location for various film and TV shoots as well as referenced in much popular culture. As one of the world’s largest brick buildings with a lavish Art Deco interior and decor, the power station has graced the album covers of bands such as Pink Floyd and the Beatles as well as being used in music videos by a host of artists including The Jam, Tori Amos, Texas, Take That and Biffy Clyro. It’s also appeared in TV and film multiple times including Alfred Hitchcock’s Sabotage, Monty Python's Meaning of Life, Superman III, The Dark Night, Got to Dance and The King’s Speech. Despite its popularity as a shooting location for music videos, TV and film, the future of Battersea Power Station was uncertain for many years as it went through many troubled years of ownership which saw plans developed and shelved as well as various owners suffering financial difficulties. By 2012 the site’s owners were in administration and the appointed administrators Ernst & Young entered into an exclusivity agreement with two leading Malaysian companies, SP Setia and Sime Darby to develop the site. This will see the power station and the surrounding area completely redeveloped to include 800 apartments, a range of other housing and a variety of businesses, shops, gym, spa, hotels and even a theatre. Battersea Power Station Property Property at Battersea Power Station is divided into three stages of development. As you may suspect for a development in this area of London at one of its most iconic locations, the focus is on quality and all three phases of property development have a focus on luxury living whether it be a flat or house. Phase One of the Battersea Power Station development was launched in early 2013 and all 865 of its flats were sold off-plan within a few weeks. Many of these have been bought by property speculators looking to enjoy a potential rise in the prices over the coming years. Prices of these flats ran into several million for each one. Phase Two of the Battersea Power Station development is the redevelopment of the actual station itself. This development was launched in October 2014 with an initial 539 luxury apartments. Phase Three of the Battersea Power Station development is a 1306 home scheme designed by Foster + Partners, one of the world’s leading innovative architectural practices in the world based only a short walk along the River Thames away in SW11. Property prices at the Battersea Power Station development are currently as follows: 2 bed from £1.33 million 3 bed from £1.9 million 4 bed P.O.A Penthouses P.O.A Business at the Battersea Power Station Development As well as there being a significant amount of housing at the Battersea Power Station development, business will be at is core too. Apple will be the largest tenant at the old power station and they will occupy six floors of the building totalling 500,000 square foot which is 40% if the building’s total office space. Apple are expected to have fully moved into the development by 2021. The other office space at the development will be utilised by a variety of businesses from the UK and the rest of the world across a range of industries. Leisure at the Battersea Power Station Development With so much housing and business being developed at the Battersea Power Station development, extensive leisure facilities are being developed too. This includes: Shops The shopping facilities at the development will be second to none and will be shopping destination to rival other parts of London. It will feature a range of innovative brands, exciting independent stores as well as established names all of which will combine to give shoppers at the Battersea Power Station development a truly world leading retail experience. Restaurants As you would expect, there will be an extensive selection of eateries at the power station development in Battersea. From boutique cafes and exciting late night street food to the very best in Michelin Star quality fine dining, there will be something for everyone. Hotels A luxury boutique hotel is being developed at the old Battersea Power Station site that will provide the ideal place to stay for visitors. Offering stunning views of the power station, the hotel will be housed in a Frank Gehry designed building and will offer guests the very height of luxury. Thanks to the development of Battersea Power Station, the future is bright for Battersea and its surrounding areas as it is set to become one of the most sought after postcodes not just in London, but the UK as a whole.
The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for London this weekend, with the current cold spell due to get worse. Friday evening and into Friday night will be a baltic -1C, while cloudy and cold, with sleet and snow showers. Saturday will bring more of the same, with Kent and Sussex getting the brunt of the snow. The maximum temperature will be 5C but it may feel much colder. The outlook for Sunday is chilly as there will be “marked windchill”, rain, sleet and snow. Wrap up warm everybody !