First St William site secures resolution to grant for 839 homes

22nd May 2015

First St William site secures resolution to grant for 839 homes

The London Borough of Wandsworth has resolved to grant planning permission for a new mixed-use development in Battersea by St William, the new joint venture between National Grid and The Berkeley Group.

This project marks the first St William scheme to secure a resolution to grant since the joint venture was launched in November 2014.

839 homes will be built on the five acre site of the former gasworks on Prince of Wales Drive, located between Battersea Park and Battersea Power Station. It will bring £367m of investment, create 370 jobs in construction and 123 permanent jobs on completion. The development will include 50,000 sq ft of new educational floor space, 201 affordable homes, a nursery, food retail unit, café and public realm improvements.  

Alison Dowsett, Managing Director of St William, said: "We are delighted to secure a resolution to grant for the first St William site. This will open a former industrial site up for the first time in over 150 years and create a fantastic new place for the borough."
Designed by award-winning architectural practice Squire and Partners, the master plan consists of 12 buildings ranging from two to 26 storeys in height and a new public square.

Phil Edwards, of National Grid Property and Director of St William, added: "This consent is another exciting step forward in the regeneration of Nine Elms on the South Bank and we look forward to starting work to deliver the first St William development."

Vacant possession is due in spring 2016 with construction scheduled to start on site soon after. First occupations are scheduled for 2019.

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Notes to editors:

About St William
St William is a new joint venture between National Grid and the Berkeley Group that aims to develop major residential and mixed-use schemes across London and the South East. The partnership brings a large portfolio of brownfield land owned by the National Grid together with the design and build expertise of the Berkeley Group, in a move that has the potential to unlock over 7,000 homes during the next 14 years.

St William is a proud member of the Berkeley Group, which was voted Britain's Most Admired Company across all industries in 2011. Berkeley has been ranked Britain's most sustainable major housebuilder for the last eight years in a row by the Next Generation benchmark. In 2014, the business supported a total of 21,000 jobs, equating to 5.6 jobs for every home built.  Dedication to quality and design is matched by a commitment to the communities the company helps create, and to the environment as a whole.

National Grid is an international electricity and gas company based in the UK and north-eastern US.  It plays a vital role in connecting millions of people safely, reliably and efficiently to the energy they use.
It is at the heart of one of the greatest challenges facing our society - delivering clean energy to support our world long into the future. It is committed to working sustainably across all areas of its business, including responsibly returning redundant energy infrastructure sites back beneficial use.

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