The architects firm with the most awards in the country in the last five years has won permission to demolish an estate and a pub and build 162 homes.
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios’ (FCBS) scheme, part of the £15billion Nine Elms Development in Battersea, has been approved by Wandsworth council.
But it means the demolition of Flanagan’s pub and six homes.
The proposals at Palmerston Court include four buildings ranging in height from nine to 16 storeys, arranged around several public courtyards and gardens.
There will also be commercial and cultural space. The 25,500 sq metres scheme involves demolishing the site’s existing 1950-80s brick buildings.
There were 29 objections to the planning application, including several from the Battersea Society and one from the Wandsworth Conservation Area Advisory Committee.
FCBS associate Stephane Lambert said: “We’ve designed a group of buildings that, through their massing, materiality, and landscape, will create physical and visual links between Battersea’s existing community and the new developments of Nine Elms.
“Palmerston Court, he said, will be high-quality housing that complements the area’s contributes to its ongoing regeneration. Just over 21 per cent of the new homes will be classed as “affordable shared ownership.”
Frederica Miller, a journalist who moved away from the area in June because of the amount of building work there, said: “For people living in Thessaly Road the amount of change going on is devastating.
“Many of them have lived there their whole lives and if the estates go, there’s no promise that they’ll be rehomed nearby.
“They feel like they’re being priced out of the area, that its being developed to exclude them and they’re scared about their future, about where they’ll be rehomed.
“Flannagan’s is an institution in the area. It’s at the centre of a tight-knit community whose members feel like they have no say in their future.”
A spokesman for London & Argyll Group said: “The mixed-use development of Palmerston Court will deliver much needed new homes, office space, retail units, cultural space, new public realm and landscaping along Battersea Park Road in a high quality scheme opposite Battersea Power Station.
“A new pub, which is larger than the existing pubs on site, will be provided. London & Argyll Group is very excited to be a part of the Nine Elms on the South Bank regeneration and look forward to starting work.”
A letter to Wandsworth from the Environment Agency said: “The proposed development will create new dwellings, which will increase the number of residents who may need to be evacuated in the event of a failure of the flood defences.
“You may wish to consider whether a Flood Warning and Evacuation Plan would assist in reducing the impact of flooding to the development.”
The Wandsworth Area Advisory Committee said: “We remain concerned at the impact on the Battersea Park Conservation Area and Battersea Power Station, though it has been noted the overall height of the scheme has been reduced.
“The proposed public access also remains a concern.” The Battersea Society said: “We wish to strongly object to this application. We have concerns about the scale and massing of the buildings, accessibility into and within the site, its impact on local traffic and loss local amenity.
“We consider this development would further exacerbate traffic pollution and detract from the environment on this section of Battersea Park Road.”
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios has won more national awards from the Royal Institute of British Architects in the past five years than any other practice, according to a survey by the Architects’ Journal.
The Nine Elms Development comprises three major schemes across a 227-hectare site: the regeneration of Battersea Power Station, the new United States Embassy, and New Covent Garden Market. It will build 20,000 homes and create 25,000 jobs.
It also involves building two new tube stops on the Northern line, one to Battersea Power Station and a second near Sainsbury’s on Wandsworth Road.
These are set to open in 2020. In June, London Mayor Sadiq Khan slammed the Battersea Power Station Development Company for reducing the number of affordable flats on the Battersea Power Station site from 636 to 386.