Battersea – London’s Area Of Innovation

by | Nov 26, 2022 | London Areas | 0 comments

For years the iconic Battersea power station lay dormant and in disrepair by the side of the Thames.  Made world famous in 1977 by Pink Floyd from their Animals album cover, it brooded on the skyline with mysterious importance and potential. Rumours abounded about its future, which has now come to fruition. Now Battersea Power Station and the surrounding developed areas are ahead of the curve in an example of a mixed-use neighbourhood.  Tourists, residents, shoppers, and workers all coexist in an extraordinary historical setting.  Entertainment venues, shops, and restaurants all create a lively buzz amidst parks and the riverside pulse. Contemporary design and architectural innovation take the existing art deco splendor of the station to a whole new level for sought-after riverside apartments. 

Battersea Power Station

Historically Battersea has been a place for social housing projects after the industrial slums of the Victorian era.   Demand for riverside city apartments close to the city centre has led to redevelopment.  Council-owned properties have been sold off to developers and industrial remnants demolished to make way for private residential opportunities.  Battersea Power Station now includes a region with 35,000 sq ft of creative business studios and a 15,000 sq ft gym, pool, and health spa. The Circus West village of residential apartments, designed by Ian Simpson Architects, comprises 850 blocks of sought-after residences.  With bespoke and unique services, many will be attracted to visit this contemporary urban enclave.  Prospect Place is the Ghry partner’s first residential architectural work in the UK.  Each apartment is a structural wonder, inside and out.   Foster +Partners have designed the luxury Battersea Roof Garden apartments.  With floor-to-ceiling glass and winter gardens, some of these residencies have stunning views of the landmark power station. 

Location, Location, Location 

Clapham Junction is a central hub of Battersea, and Nine Elms is to the East of Battersea Park. Nine Elms is another area of massive regeneration where private sector money is transforming the remaining industrial stretch of the South Bank.  From Lambeth Bridge to Chelsea Bridge, Nine Elms is set to be another leading-edge residential and commercial space.  With two new Northern Line stations at both Battersea Power Station and Nine Elms, the city is within 15 minutes reach, and these former industrial landscapes are now completely on the map.  It is not a surprise that many people are considering moving to Battersea from abroad to be part of this South bank renaissance. Battersea is home to the famous New Covent Garden Market, a major fruit and vegetable and flower wholesale market, and a mecca for traders and designers.  The Peace Pagoda can be found in serenely situated Battersea Park.  Battersea Park Zoo, and the famous Battersea Dogs and Cats Home are two local places famously affiliated with animals.  Contemporary and innovative events take place at the Battersea Arts centre, another location steeped in the style of a bygone age. 

Moving to Battersea 

Over recent decades affluent young families have migrated to Battersea and formed the area known as “Nappy Valley”. The Northcote Road is the apex of this community, which is characterized by café culture, independent boutiques, and the Northcote Rd Market. Property prices have risen in the Valley, which is in South Battersea between Clapham Common and Wandsworth Common. Many people have moved to Battersea as the surrounding green spaces and village like life make it highly aspirational.  The concentration of Victorian flats in Clapham offers people period apartments within leafy streets. As you might expect there is a high concentration of good schools in the “Valley”, both primary and secondary. With the new riverside developments of the Battersea Power stations and Nine Elms, this thriving part of SW London is set to become even more desirable. 

Transport Links 

This area has never been better connected. For Overground train links there are Battersea ParkClapham Junction, and Queenstown Road (Battersea) stations. These Overground links are an excellent way to travel in London, and Clapham Junction is where other mainline train services can be accessed.   Clapham Junction is a nexus of transport links for different London lines and ways to get much further afield.  Cited as the busiest railway station in the UK, anyone who has had to make a consistent journey involving this station will attest to its particular character. With the two new Northern Line stations at Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station and a provision made for the line to go to Clapham Junction in the future, the whole area will be connected from various angles.  Clapham Common and Clapham South and North are all on the Northern Line.  Bus routes thread throughout Battersea and the ample green spaces and riverside location make cycling a breeze. 

New Gentleman & a Van depot in Battersea

Gentleman & a Van have been providing quality service for people moving to Battersea and Clapham over the last decades. Our dedicated client base in the area appreciates our standards of excellence when it comes to removals and storage in Battersea.   With our new depot opening in Battersea, we are happy to participate in the developing culture of this part of London, offering excellent removals and storage services to all our customers.   A new storage depot in the heart of Battersea will enable us to provide bespoke service for domestic and business customers in this new commercial landscape.  If you are considering moving to Battersea from abroad to live in the changing face of South London, let us plan your move for you.  If you require a storage unit for business purposes, we have many Man and Van packages with storage which form the perfect complement for our professional clients.  For example, we work with interior designers, providing storage, transportation delivery and installation for their clients.  Our skilled team are trained to handle valuable items with expert care and to work with impeccable standards of customer service and communication. 

Gentleman & a Van Removals and Storage in Battersea

From the outset, our ethos has been to lead the industry edge with bespoke service.  Looking at our reviews and our development over 15 years we are on track.  Expanding our services in Battersea allows us to offer London more of what we do best, which is help people move home and their businesses without unwarranted stress.  Our dedicated team can devise a moving strategy for you, whatever your situation requires.  No job is too large or too small, with our array of vehicles, resources, and packages.  Our Man and Van always comes with two team members to make light work of any small move or delivery of goods. We can make the packing process easy for you by handling it entirely, or by supplying you with our Packaging Range ahead of the day.  In addition, our knowledge of London makes easy work of parking restrictions, driving zones and any issues that could arise when it comes to the day of transportation.  If you are considering moving to Battersea, we have years of experience to assist you with and a new central depot to operate from.  Get in touch with our team today to discuss your desires to move to Battersea and we can help them become a swift reality. Alternatively, you can generate an instant quote on our website.