Nine Elms Opportunity Area

Client:

ADAM Urbanism

Application:

Future Scenario - Single Scheme

Key Objectives:

  • Improved link connecting the Battersea Power Station to the US Embassy
  • Growth poles at the Battersea Power Station and the US Embassy
  • Connect Nine Elms to the River Thames

The opportunity

Vauxhall Nine Elms is a new regeneration area on the South Bank of the River Thames, allocated for residential and commercial development as part of the London 2020 Opportunity Area Framework. The masterplan designed by Terry Farrell (Fig 1) calls for two new urban centres at the Battersea Power Station and around the proposed US Embassy, with an improved road link (A580) between them.

Our contribution

PLACE LOGIC was used to assess the impact of the proposed masterplan network and identify whether the design solution:

  • met the key design objectives
  • adequately connected the Battersea Power Station and US Embassy areas.

The outcome

Street Activity before (Fig 2) and after (Fig 3) the introduction of the proposed street network, shows:

  • Improved activity along the A580 route connecting the Battersea Power Station and the US Embassy.

 

Place Connectivity before (Fig 4) and after (Fig 5) the introduction of the proposed street network, shows:

  • A new urban centre at the US Embassy site with potential for high commercial activity.
  • A lower level of commercial activity at the Battersea Power Station site.