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Gehry and Foster come together for Battersea design commission

23 Oct 13 Architects Gehry Partners and Foster & Partners have been chosen to design Phase 3 of the Battersea Power Station redevelopment.

This will be architect Frank Gehry’s first building in London.

Phase 3, otherwise known as the High Street, is a retail pedestrian street that will be the gateway to the entire development and the new Northern Line extension. There will be two residential development zones on either side of the High Street.

Both architectural practices are collaborating on the High Street, while Gehry is designing the residential buildings to the east of the High Street and Foster to the west.

In total, Phase 3 will comprise 1200 residential units, a 200-room hotel overlooking both the town square and the Power Station, 350,000 sqft of retail and restaurant space, a 15,000 sqft library and further leisure space.

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Frank Gehry said: “Gehry Partners is honoured to have this wonderful opportunity to collaborate with our respected colleagues Foster & Partners on this seriously important project for the city of London. Our goal is to help create a neighbourhood and a place for people to live that respects the iconic Battersea Power Station while connecting it into the broader fabric of the city. We hope to create a design that is uniquely London that respects and celebrates the historical vernacular of the city.”

Foster & Partners design director Grant Brooker said: “We moved our own office to Wandsworth almost twenty five years ago – the Borough is very important to us, so we were absolutely delighted to be chosen to be part of this inspiring regeneration project for the Battersea Power Station redevelopment. It has a vision which will transform this area and create a vibrant new district for South London that we can all be proud of. Along with our colleagues at Gehry Partners, we are joining a great team of designers and we will work closely with them to create a new high street and our part of this exciting new community.”

Gehry's works include the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Foster has designed the HSBC Main Building in Hong Kong and the Gherkin in London.

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