Today (Thursday 1 March 2018), St William launches Chartwell House, the latest release of homes at Prince of Wales Drive, its flagship development in Battersea. Chartwell House is a collection of 85 one-, two- and three bedroom apartments, with stunning views of Battersea Power Station and the central gardens within the development.
Prince of Wales Drive is regenerating a former gasworks into a new community of 955 homes next to Battersea Park. Complementing the continued transformation of the Battersea area, 2.5 acres of the site will feature relaxing landscaped gardens and open space, designed by renowned urban planners Gillespies.
Externally, traditional brickwork, inset balconies and metal work take inspiration from the Victorian architecture of the mansion blocks in the local area. The interior design of Prince of Wales Drive pays homage to its industrial heritage, materials and colours have been specifically chosen to reflect the design of the gasholder façade with bespoke brushed bronze metal features and door ironmongery that echoes the structure of the original gas holders.
Each building has been configured to incorporate dual aspect apartments with balconies to every home offering residents' views of Battersea Power Station or the communal gardens. Additionally, residents will benefit from a range of carefully considered facilities such a swimming pool and spa, as well as a landscaped roof terrace on the eighth floor offering extra outdoor space. A Gym Group gym complements the amenity offer, separate from the service charge and reducing it significantly.
The apartments at Chartwell House are thoughtfully designed to maximise space and the use of light. The palette of materials is inspired by local heritage and surrounding nature, creating distinct interiors that are refined and contemporary. Herringbone patterned timber flooring is paired with granite or composite stone splashbacks, and bespoke cabinetry in the kitchens, while rough ceramic tiles create a textured feature wall in bathrooms. Bespoke ironmongery throughout has been uniquely designed to pay homage to Prince of Wales Drive's industrial past.
The industrial heritage also influences the outdoor spaces at Prince of Wales Drive, with sections of the original gasholder structure used to create a distinctive entranceway into the development. Furthermore, Gillespies has designed generous, high-quality open spaces to ensure Prince of Wales Drive becomes a welcoming place for both residents and the broader community. A central courtyard with a serene water feature, two new public squares, free-flowing gardens, picnic areas and places for children to play, offer a haven of tranquillity in which to spend time-away from the hustle and bustle of working life in the Capital.
A privileged location
Part of London's travel Zone 1 and the sought-after SW11 postcode in the heart of Battersea, residents at Prince of Wales Drive will benefit from a range of amenities on their doorstep, including a selection of convenient transport links to the rest of London and beyond. Queenstown Road and Battersea Park Overground stations are both less than a five-minute walk away, respectively, enabling access to Waterloo in just ten minutes and to Victoria in seven minutes. Popular west London spots including Sloane Square and the Kings Road are within easy reach by foot or bus across the nearby Chelsea Bridge. By 2020, the Northern Line extension from Kennington to Battersea will be complete and will be just a three-minute walk from the scheme - cutting journey times to the City and West End to under ten minutes, and to Blackfriars on the Thames Clipper from Battersea Power Station in 19 minutes.
Prince of Wales Drive is less than 180m from Battersea Park, which boasts 200 acres of picturesque green space and a varied program of activities and events throughout the year. The development also neighbours the large scale regeneration of Battersea Power Station, offering residents access to an abundance of new high-street chains and independent shops, restaurants, and bars. Circus West Village, home to independent retail and restaurants, is now open. Prince of Wales Drive also neighbours Apple's new European headquarters, and the new US Embassy in Nine Elms.
Prince of Wales Drive is also close to a range of sought-after nurseries, primary and secondary schools including leading 'Outstanding' primary schools Honeywell, Bellville and Thomas's Battersea. Prices start from £700,000 for a one-bedroom apartment.