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London Festival of Architecture 2014

London Festival of Architecture 2014 at Nine Elms on the South Bank


- Events at Battersea Power Station, Embassy Gardens and Riverlight -

[London: 5 June 2014] Nine Elms on the South Bank is hosting a series of events throughout June as part of London Festival of Architecture (LFA). The core event will be an architectural showcase from 19–22 June which will bring together the many iconic developments in the Nine Elms area. A programme of talks for pre-registered guests, at 11am and 2pm each day and architectural walks will allow interested members of the public to discover how the area will change over the coming years.


Three out of four days of the showcase will take place on the site of one of London’s most iconic buildings, Battersea Power Station, with the other taking place in Ballymore’s Embassy Gardens Marketing Suite. Models, architectural drawings, videos and CGIs of the developments across the Nine Elms on the South Bank area will be on display, demonstrating the truly exceptional nature of architecture in the area.


The showcase is part of a larger programme of Nine Elms on the South Bank activity for this year’s London Festival of Architecture taking place from 10-26 June. The Berkeley Group are hosting a number of tours and visits where the designs for St James’ Riverlight and two Albert Embankment schemes, Merano Residences and The Corniche by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and Foster + Partners respectively, will be discussed. In addition to hosting the Nine Elms Architectural Showcase, Battersea Power Station will also be marking the launch of ‘The Placebook’ which takes a close look at how to evolve a derelict industrial site into flagship placemaking fit for the twenty-first century.


Nine Elms on the South Bank represents one of the most significant changes to the London skyline in generations and is one of the largest regeneration projects in Europe, with over 30 schemes either in planning or in construction across more than 480 acres.  The showcase takes its influence from this year’s LFA theme of ‘Capital’, looking at how the area will contribute to London: transforming underutilised industrial land into an attractive new district to live, work and play, creating a rich cultural hub; building a partnership of international architects, construction firms and designers in Nine Elms and attracting huge amounts of inward investment to London.


On 19, 20 and 22 June, pre-registered attendees will arrive at Battersea Power Station at either 11am or 2pm to be led through the site and offered information on the history of the Power Station.  They will then be taken to The Pavilion where models, architectural drawings and CGIs will be on display with spectacular views of both Battersea Power Station and the river Thames. On 21 June, the showcase will be alternatively held at Ballymore’s Embassy Gardens Marketing Suite, which hosts a breath-taking rooftop terrace. Here visitors will see plans for the new landmark riverside neighbourhood, adjacent to the new US Embassy and at the heart of the new linear park. Architects and developers will be on hand across the four days to answer questions about their designs, in a programme of talks and tours across the four day showcase.


On Friday 20 June Vauxhall One will lead two architectural walks around Nine Elms on the South Bank at 11am and 2pm. The walks will last 1½ hours taking in the developing area of Nine Elms and Vauxhall, starting at Battersea Power Power Station, past the new US Embassy and on to the new Damien Hirst Gallery near Lambeth Bridge.


How to secure tickets:

Those wishing to attend the talks or walks must register their interest by sending their contact details and their attendance preferences by email to While the event is free to attend, spaces will be allocated on a first come first serve basis, and admittance will not be granted to those not on the list.


The Programme:

Thursday 19 June

·         11am – 1pm: The Missing Link - Erect Architects, J&L Gibbons Landscape Architects and Vauxhall One talk through plans for the Public Realm across Vauxhall

·         2 - 4pm: KPF architects present their vision for One Nine Elms, an integral part of the Vauxhall Tall Towers cluster, reaching 60 storeys at its highest point

Venue: Battersea Power Station, 188 Kirtling St, London SW8 5BN


Friday 20 June

·         11am – 1pm: Wandsworth and Lambeth Council Planning teams discuss Nine Elms and Vauxhall from a local council perspective

·         2 - 4pm: A talk from Foster + Partners’ on the architecture of Phase 3, Battersea Power Station and The Electric Boulevard, a new High Street for London.

Venue: Battersea Power Station, 188 Kirtling St, London SW8 5BN


·         11am – 12.30pm: Vauxhall One lead a talking tour of Nine Elms on the South Bank. Commencing at Battersea Power Station, the tour will finish at the Garden Museum at Lambeth Bridge

·         2pm – 3.30pm: Vauxhall One as above


Saturday 21 June

·         11am – 1pm: Arup Associates talk through their plans for Embassy Gardens – the residential community surrounding the new US Embassy

·         2pm – 4pm: Hyland Edgar Driver Landscape Architects present plans for the Linear Park and their Public Realm Design Guide for Nine Elms

Venue: Embassy Gardens Marketing Suite, Nine Elms Lane, London SW8 5BL


Sunday 22 June

·         11am – 1pm: SOM Architects will present the plans for the redevelopment of New Covent Garden Market on behalf of Vinci, St Modwen and Covent Garden Market Authority

·         2 - 4pm: Rolfe-Judd present their plans for Nine Elms Point (Sainsbury’s Nine Elms)

Venue: Battersea Power Station, 188 Kirtling St, London SW8 5BN

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About Nine Elms on the South Bank:

Nine Elms on the South Bank is the £15 billion opportunity area between Lambeth Bridge and Chelsea Bridge, and is one of the largest regeneration projects in Europe. The area will be transformed from one of the capital’s last remaining industrial districts into a world-class destination right in the heart of London. Underutilised industrial land is making way for new public squares, parks, schools, Tube stations, homes, and businesses, which will drive growth and create jobs and homes. It will become a strikingly modern addition to the cityscape and a new centre for culture on London’s South Bank.



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