Berkeley, Vista, Development

The Development

Planning permission for the scheme was obtained in March 2012. The Site has permission for 452 residential units and 1,365sqm of commercial floorspace across heights ranging from 6 to 16 storeys.
The development is comprised of two buildings above a semi basement with both private and public communal external space. The two blocks are called 'C' and 'L', owing to their shape. The first is a C-shaped block with an open aspect to Queenstown Road and arranged around a sunken garden.

The design approach is to respond to the views across grade II* listed Battersea Park, embracing them and incorporating soft landscape wherever possible within the design. The second building comprises residential units and commercial space in a L-shaped block arranged around a public courtyard. Both buildings step up away from Queenstown Road towards the railway viaduct.

A pedestrian route is proposed through the site between the buildings on a south west to north east alignment. A new entrance to the park on Queenstown Road will incorporate Battersea Park into the Linear Park both physically and visually.

The development is being built in three distinct phases, these being;

  1. The demolition of the former Marco Polo House and excavation to construct the basement and below ground infrastructure,
  2.  'Block C' to the north of the site, and
  3.  'Block L' to the south.

Demolition commenced on the 16th May 2014 and construction on the basement and Block C has now begun. Berkeley has paid over £2.5 million in Section 106 payments to date.