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The Battersea Power Station development is, in reality, the creation of a new town. It spans 42 acres and is one of the largest regeneration projects in Europe. It will have almost the same amount of retail space as Westfield, and one of the largest ever single office spaces in the city of London has recently been let to Apple – half a million square feet within the iconic Battersea Power Station building at the heart of the development.
The first phase of residential properties (865 flats) are already sold and the founding residents are enjoying the focus on the community aspect of the site. There are beautiful communal areas, local cafes, shops and restaurants and a Battersea Power Station app offering a residents club and concierge service. The interiors of the communal areas, including the Residents Games Room above, Breakfast Room below and Residents Lounge have been designed by Linley
As a Grade II* listed building all the original features are being retained within the Power Station building from the control dials to the signage. Working closely with English Heritage, internally the windows are being restored and the chimneys have been rebuilt to the original drawings and specification. Architects for the third phase of the project are Sir Norman Foster, the Battersea Roof Gardens Building, and Frank Gehry.
The layout of each apartment is designed by the developer with flexibility for finishes and final furniture and furnishings sourced and purchased by each new owner chooses in the usual way. Gill Hynes is a founding resident, buying off plan in the first round of residential sales. She secured a two bedroom property with roof terrace and views across London.
A qualified interior designer Gill Hynes has been enjoying spending time in the apartment equipping it for rental, with attention to every detail.
One of our favourite features is the design detailing of the shelves in the stairs that lead up to the roof terrace above, linking two perfect spaces to sit and relax, here at the bottom of the stairs and under cover enjoying the view above.
The apartments have been designed to make the most of every inch of space, with enormous storage cupboards lining the hallway. Gill Hynes added a neutral console and mirror to reflect the lighting washing down the walls.
One of the outstanding features of the apartment is the view, with floor to ceiling windows on both side of the open plan kitchen and sitting room. Gill Hynes chose a soft contemporary colour scheme with blush pink and grey/blue velvet upholstery, marble and gold leaf details.
The day we visited the sofa and the bedrooms were adorned by stunning original cushions made by Sapphire Summers founder Jenny Hawkins pictured below. Based at Wimbledon Art Studios, Jenny is an independent textile designer and member of The DecorCafe network of experts, creating beautiful home and personal accessories, perfect for this space.
With the storage sorted in the bedroom behind discreet floor to ceiling doors, Gill made the most of the design detailing on the bed with shaped headboard and studs, a neat chair and pretty bedside table and lights.
As the apartment will shortly be available to rent Gill has worked to a tight budget choosing her sources carefully to find quality pieces and good prices from companies such as Made.com and Swoon. She has generously shared her sourcebook below.
With thanks to Mark Hutton, Director of Battersea Power Station Estates and Doni Ramalho, Lounge General Manager, for their warm welcome and sharing their knowledge.