I have been to the new Battersea site to see much of the development going on there. It is good that finally the Malaysian investors have taken on the site and the team that the previous Irish investors had to now develop the site. Such a prime space has been wasted all these years and now there will be something done with it that is useful.
Even better it is lots and lots of small flats which is all people can afford these days in London.
No madness here you say? Well I see two big pieces. Firstly the old power station is a monstrosity and it would have been much better to knock the thing down, given it is very polluted and not that sound. But not only have the council insisted on keeping the old building, but also two useless cranes in the Thames which are to be restored.
of course, some will argue the power station is a nice old building, largest brick structure in the world etc. I say so what.
But the really stupid thing is the towers. These are made of a non reinforced concrete which is now deteriorating. Every now and again a big piece will fall off. This won't do when the sight is full of busy foreign students enjoying their new flats. So instead the Battersea owners are going to take them down and replace them with plastic ones.
No this is mad, they serve no purpose and are very expensive, plastic is hardly the most aesthetic product and in this case there is just no need. It's a mystery to me as to why this is necessary as part of the grade one listing.