Nine Elms - London's newest destination
The regeneration of Nine Elms is arguably one of the most important transformations this generation will witness. Developing this previously underused area of London will create a whole new vibrant destination.
The transformation of Vauxhall, Nine Elms Battersea (VNEB) is now firmly underway. The additional 20,000 new homes will join the 10,000 existing households to create a sizeable new community which will benefit from the area’s riverside locatio and proximity to central London. Future improvements to the area’s transport infrastructure, along with new public space and improvement to the Thames River Path is making VNEB an increasingly desirable place to live, work and play.
One significant addition to the area’s amenities is Circus West Village at Battersea Power Station which opened in summer 2017. This will bring a new range of independent and authentic cafes, restaurants and shops for existing and future residents to enjoy. The dramatically improved public realm will provide easy access to an enlivened riverside, a new 11 acre park, neighbourhood squares and green spaces. This is in addition to the existing green space in the area which includes the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens and the 200 acre Battersea Park. Access to the rest of central London will also be significantly improved throug several infrastructure improvements which include the extension of the Northern Line and a new pedestrian and cycle bridge. This is in addition to improvements to the existing stations at Vauxhall, Battersea Park and Queenstown Road.
Cultural elements are already well established in the area, but this will be further improved with new attractions at Battersea Power Station, Brand New Covent Garden Market’s Food Exchange and new public art throughout the area. The areas railway arches are also being transformed into new food, leisure and retail spaces which will further enhance the vibrancy and desirability of VNEB. The area will eventually become home to 30,000 new residents and 25,000 workers. With several new developments now complete, and a range of new amenities on offer, the pioneering new residents of VNEB have already moved to the area. And now big business is also moving in; last year Apple announced it will be moving its UK headquarters to Battersea Power Station. The company will take 500,000 sqft of offic space across six floors at the iconic development. The new office will be the company’s largest outside of the US and will host 1,400 employees. VNEB is at the start of its regeneration, but it’s already clear that it is becoming one of London’s most sought after locations, and is set to become one of the city’s most desirable neighbourhoods.