12th July 1999
In the last month, Parkview has reiterated its intention to build a rail link to to Victoria Station. The idea of a rail link to Victoria was first proposed by John Broome of Battersea Leisure in 1986. Parkview say that a rail link is vital to its plans to create a theme park in Battersea Power Station.
Parkview have now been in control of the Battersea Power Station for six years. BPSCG see this this latest story from Parkview as a further excuse to justify inactivity and general neglect. There is a fine existing overground railway station at Battersea Park, about 250 metres from Battersea Power Station, which needs refurbishment. If Parkview needs more visitors, surely they could pay to upgrade this building instead?
Battersea Water Pumping Station
English Heritage officers inspected the listed Battersea Water Pumping Station during their last visit to the site in April. Battersea Water Pumping Station stands in the shadow of Battersea Power Station, but it is a very interesting building in its own right. It was built circa 1830 to pump water from the Thames, and is listed Grade II. (See Battersea Bulletin No 18)
English Heritage disgracefully gave Parkview listed building consent to demolish the Water Pumping Station in 1997. This was on condition that the leisure centre inside the Power Station be completed first. Despite this, Parkview are proceeding to let the building fall down. English Heritage found roof coverings missing and a collapsed roof truss, with further decline in the state of the building imminent.
BPSCG have written to English Heritage to ask for Battersea Water Pumping Station to be compulsorily purchased and placed in the ownership of a public interest trust which would repair it. English Heritage are at present unwilling to do this, mainly because this would require them to admit to their earlier mistake.
A justification for this state of affairs can be obtained from Geoff Noble at English Heritage on 44 (0) 171 973 3712
27th April 1999
FOR SALE - Battersea Power Station
Parkview are reported to be selling Battersea Power Station for £90m to a housing consortium.
The outline planning application granted in 1997 included 750 flats and Parkview are advertising to enter into a partnership to develop this area of the scheme. Recently Regalian were reported as wanting to house the Coldstream Guards from Chelsea Barracks as part of the plan to develop the site just across Chelsea Bridge and had allocated £70 million.
Parkview have dispensed with the architectural services of Richard MacCormac and Ove Arup and are dealing with the plans "in house".
They are in protracted negotiation with National Grid over a 3 acre site next to the Power Station which National Grid want £7m for (this site is crucial for the hotel development around the Power Station).
Warner Village Cinemas have decided to look elsewhere for their largest Multiplex in Europe which removes the only backer of the theme park scheme from the equation.