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Battersea's New Station

Battersea's New Station

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We were delighted for our client, and everyone involved in the wider Battersea Power Station and Northern Line Extension (NLE) projects to see the opening of Battersea Power Station and Nine Elms Stations this week.

The £1.1billion extension of the Northern Line from Kennington to Battersea Power Station via Nine Elms is the first significant change to the London Underground this century, following the opening of the Jubilee Line in 1999. The NLE is unique both in terms of its intended function and how it has been financed. Unlike any other modern tube line, it has not been designed to address a specific transport problem such as congestion or capacity; its primary function has always been to ‘unlock’ the land surrounding it to enable a greater density of development in a central but previously underutilised area of London, that would not have been possible otherwise. Its financing is also different to anything seen before, in that it will primarily be paid for by the private sector through direct development contributions and the creation of an enterprise zone that will capture business rates and pay back a loan from Central Government.

NLE Station

For Markides Associates, a company of passionate transport planners and engineers, the opening of the NLE demonstrates the value that transport planners can bring to a project. The opening of the NLE is a testament to the hard work and dedication of an enormous number of professionals across the built environment sector which we have the privilege to call our colleagues, clients, and friends.

Matt Harris, Associate Director at Markides Associates, who has been working for Battersea Power Station Development Company (BPSDC) for the last nine years across all phases of the masterplan and who has also had a hand in supporting various elements of the NLE, took a trip on one of the first services out of the station. The trip included the first look at a small section of Prospect Park South which houses the Eastern Headhouse of the Station in the shadow of the tower cranes from Phase 3B, two of several projects that Markides Associates have been enjoying advising BPSDC on transport planning and design matters over the last eighteen months.

BPS Station frontage

Our work at Battersea highlights the wide range of services and capabilities that Markides Associates can offer our clients, from Transport Assessments and Travel Plans to support planning applications, through to detailed transport planning and design services that includes; microsimulation vehicle modelling, pedestrian modelling, public realm design, highway design and operational transport strategies.

The opening of the NLE marks a significant milestone in the progression of the Battersea Power Station masterplan alongside the wider Nine Elms Opportunity Area. We’re extremely proud of our role in developing this part of London and can’t wait for the next big step.

Interesting fact: whilst widely reported in the press as being the first new London Underground line and station(s) to be constructed since the Jubilee Line extension opened in 1999 that’s not completely accurate. Whilst it is certainly the most significant change to the tube map since then, the most recent extension, which opened in 2008, was the Heathrow Terminal 5 expansion on the Piccadilly Line.

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BPS Station frontage