The Leader of the London Borough of Wandsworth, Councillor Ravi Govindia, has celebrated the delivery of the 1,000th home at Battersea Reach by St George at an event held at the development on Thursday 2 February, 2016.
Speaking at a reception with local residents, councillors and business leaders, Councillor Govindia commented:
"It is fantastic to be marking the delivery of the 1,000th home at Battersea Reach. This is a major milestone for the development, which is providing much needed housing in the borough, and is testament to the delivery of a successful regeneration project in the heart of Wandsworth Town."
Michael Bryn-Jones, Managing Director of St George PLC commented:
"I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the success of Battersea Reach. We are extremely proud of this development, which has created a fantastic new place in Wandsworth to live, work and visit, with 1,000 high quality homes, beautiful public spaces and a commercial centre providing employment space for many local businesses."
St George acquired the 13-acre vacant site, which had previously housed a gin distillery, in 2002 with an existing planning permission. In 2008, the London Borough of Wandsworth granted planning permission for a new masterplan to regenerate the site and connect Wandsworth Town to the river.
Over half of the site is public open space, including a new park with meadow planting and a 300m riverside walk providing an uninterrupted link from Battersea Park to Wandsworth Bridge.
There are 32 businesses based at the development including Cake Boy, Tesco, Cycle Republic, bbodance (the new headquarters for the British Ballet Organization), the Waterside Bar and Restaurant and a Bo Concept store. 240 people work at Battersea Reach, a quarter of whom are Wandsworth residents.
When complete, Battersea Reach will comprise a total of 1,341 homes, of which 330 will be affordable, and 194,000 sq ft of commercial space for small and medium sized businesses.