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Mayor starts development in London

publication date: Nov 7, 2011
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Boris Johnson, Riverlight regeneration  All men like playing in big trucks and it seems, the Mayor of London is no exception.

Riverlight is the first scheme to start construction in London’s massive Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea (VNEB) Opportunity Area, and a ground breaking ceremony on 8th September was led by Boris Johnson. Other guests included the development’s architect Lord Richard Rogers, Cllr Ravi Govindia, Leader of Wandsworth Council, Tony Pidgley, Chairman of the Berkeley Group and Sean Ellis, Managing Director of St James, the site’s developer. 

The groundbreaking at Riverlight unlocks huge financial investment in this area beside Battersea Power Station. VNEB will create 16,000 new homes and 25,000 new jobs over the next decade. The Berkeley Group, which already builds 20 per cent of all new homes in the capital, is investing £300 million in this area. Riverlight, designed by internationally acclaimed architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and located on the bank  of the Thames, next to Battersea Power Station, the development is centered around six elegant pavilions. There are external glass elevators and every apartment has at least one balcony, exploiting panoramic views of London and the river.

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said, “The design standard on this inaugural site in the regeneration of Nine Elms is absolutely spot on, with vast amounts of public space for everyone in the capital to enjoy sitting happily alongside well designed good quality housing.” Tony Pidgley, Chairman of the Berkeley Group, said, “Ourintention is to create a place that will grace the Thames, drive investment, and deliver new homes and jobs. We want this to be a world-class example of placemaking. It will set a benchmark for the whole regeneration area.”