Battersea Exchange, SW8

Battersea Exchange, SW8

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Taylor Wimpey Central London
Ranked 25th out of 98 in South West London
4.16 (based on 22 reviews) 4.16 (22 reviews)

Category Scores

3.77
Facilities
4.05
Design
4.23
Location
4.18
Value
3.88
Management

Excellent

18%

Very Good

68%

Average

14%

Disappointing

0%

Very Poor

0%

Battersea Exchange is a large, mixed-use development built by Taylor Wimpey and managed by Cushman & Wakefield. Its 290 apartments have been launched across multiple phases, with the final phase set to complete in late 2019. The site is home to a primary school and a selection of commercial units (which are still growing), and it’s an easy walk from Battersea Park and Queenstown Road stations.

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Review Date Feb 2020

Housing association flats are made to a different and lesser standard to private flats and are much smaller, however they are cheaper to rent at about £265 a week, however this is very high compared to other housing association properties around London. Having visited a few apartments I’ve noticed they are are often awkwardly shaped with no thought to where television or sofas are going to be placed, however saying that the facilities provided are good, balcony decking, doors and windows, and blinds, ample kitchen cupboard space, underfloor heating, lino instead of carpet which is easier to clean than carpet heated towel rail, bathroom mirror and small utility cupboard to fit in a washer dryer . Of course, fittings such as oven fridge breakfast bar and full height style tiles were not included and bathrooms are decked in plain white tile. There has also been issues of flooding behind the walls in several properties and the apartments get very hot during the summer due to the triple glazing, however the heating rarely gets put on during the winter saving money.
Residents are generally good but sometimes litter has been left in the lift and as HA tenants can’t use concierge facilities parcels are often left in the communal entry area. Sometimes people taking bins out has resulted in smelly liquid being left in the lift and trailing out the door however this is not often. Community is good unlike comments made by private tenants above most residents have got to know each other especially those with children attending st mary’s school downstairs. Balconies also have windows on them which is a good safety feature for those with children and all windows in apartments are lockable. Paragon housing association which manages the flats are hit and miss but often good and problems can also be reported to savills as they still manage the block
A colorful light tribute to the tram lines which once adorned the grounds has been installed in the arch going out onto Queenstown road. Bike store is good.
Children’s play areas are minimal however, a strange raised grass v verge and the area outside of it is touted as a play space however it is also an unofficial road and takeaway motorbikes zoom up and down the development all times of the day and night delivering food which is dangerous. The communal gardens aren’t maintained well when a tree was felled due to strong wings it wasn’t replaced and the space where it once was looks sparce in its absence. Some grasses flowers and bushes would look beautiful but instead there is just plain soil with a scattering of plant life.
The design outside mercer house also turns it into a wind tunnel even in light winds and this should have been taken into account during the design stage, the small trees planted suffer greatly during the winds, it would have been better to plant bigger trees with more bush as aesthetically they look better and can stand the wind more. The other trees on site seem to be a bit bare, and have not taken to their new homes.

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Im not sure why this development is being compared to other nearby developments. The housing association properties are certainly to a better standard than the properties at embassy gardens, and unlike Riverlight Quay or Embassy Gardens the private properties at Battersea Exchange are cheaper, offer better views, (there are no tall blocks on site affecting views unlike embassy gardens) and are right next to Battersea park and Queenstown road stations, at the other two sites you will need a bus to access the rail stations or face a long walk. Presently I can walk out of my apartment and find myself in Victoria in less than 10 minutes, perfect for commuting. Battersea park is 2 mins around the corner perfect for picnics and days out, and Sloane square and clapham junction are literally minutes away by bus and train. A sainsburys local is due to open on site soon but best of all my daughter literally steps out of our apartment and straight into St Mary’s school, which is part of the development and recently opened up a beautiful advent community event linking major nine elms sites and offered free festivities.
There is a largish tesco nearby and a large waitrose 10-15 minute walk away. There is also a very large sainsburys in nine elms which is not far away from the abs of course the wonderful circus west village based at Battersea power station, with a host of restaurants shops and always has events on such as Christmas markets festivals and other activities, not to mention a pier served by thames clippers.
The complex itself is tastefully done with careful restoration work to railway arches whilst keeping their original character. The only unfortunate thing is if you live higher up you can see graffiti on the railway which has nothing to do with the development but is an eyesore nonetheless as are the imposing 1960s square blocks of the Doddington Estate.
You may also find a wonderful array of great eateries and restaurants on the Battersea park road, such as captain Correllis a shabby but extremely authentic Italian restaurant and Cafe, boqueria {Spanish tapas), San Gennaro pizzeria, or highly rated takeaways such as Pho Ta Vietnamese, independent coffee shops serving great food, a pizza place and a fish and chip shop for and a fantastically refurbished gastro pub basically on site, (The Mason’s Arms)
Noise from the railways are non existent with the doors closed and you can hardly hear them with the doors open as the lines are so close to the station the trains are slowed right down. Noise from the football pitches are minimal and there is free parking located 3 minutes walk away on stewarts road or all day after 12pm opposite the dogs home.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

Nothing as I’ve always known the local area since a child

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Facilities
3
Design
4
Location
4
Value
4
Management
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Excellent Location and Great Experience

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Review Date Oct 2018

Nice place to live. This is a lovely development, located less than 5 minutes walk from Battersea Park, close to transports and shops. Good building quality, Great sales/customer service. We are very happy with our experience so far.
On the negative side, the gym is currently not open 24h as it was supposed to be. Concierge area might be too small when the development will be fully completed.

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Great Location. Close to Battersea Park with access to two mainline rails stations (Queenstown Road and Battersea Park). For the shopping, not far from Clapham Junction, Sloane Square, King’s Road.
Nine Elms Area is in complete regeneration with the Power Station, Prince of Wales and of course Battersea Exchange.

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None. So far we have not been disappointed and we got all the information we needed during the viewing. We knew the area as we were renting not far away from Battersea Exchange, which helped in the choice of the location.

4
Facilities
5
Design
5
Location
5
Value
3
Management
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Commuter friendly!

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Review Date Aug 2019

I am very new to the area so I don’t have a lot to say – the design is well thought.

The finishing has not been rushed, they have taken no shortcuts.

There is a draft in my flat which isn’t a problem at the moment due to the hot weather but I am hoping for it to be fixed for the winter months.

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I love the station by the flats, it’s so convenient.

The only downside to it is the building works going on, it’s very loud and disruptive.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

Nothing to comment as I have only recently moved in to the flat!

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

I haven’t had any issues to raise so far as I am a new resident.

4
Facilities
4
Design
5
Location
5
Value
4
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A great place to live

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Review Date Oct 2018

Just a great place to live. It is such a fun area that is seeing so much improvement and no longer can anyone cay Battersea is stuck out on a limb with no transport links.
It’s so easy to get to Clapham and everything it offers, yet far enough away to not feel like you are still at university!
The development is built well, the flats are absolutely fine and the communal spaces always seem well maintained.

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

Near enough to Clapham but not on close

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The roads outside the building do get very busy, but it is London to anyone complaining.

5
Facilities
4
Design
4
Location
5
Value
4
Management
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Good living area

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Review Date Aug 2019

Have been living here for a while now and I love the area, there are some things they could improve. The feeling of a community is lacking but this is due to the content building works.. hopefully this will improve when finished.

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Just on the main high street which is unlike other developments – despite its closeness it is a closed environment which is really nice.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

Hard to give a full detailed review when half the development isn’t finished yet!

What is the best feature of your home:

The design and finish is nice but they’ve also made it light – allows me to personalise it to my preference.

4
Facilities
5
Design
4
Location
4
Value
4
Management
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New, modern and friendly

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Review Date Aug 2019

My flat has average spacing, its not large but it satisfies all my needs.
I’ve never had an issue with safety and always feel safe.
One issue with my development is that i cant use the facilities eg gym and concierge because i’m a tenant.
Compared to other developments in the area it is not the best.

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

I like its new and quiet friendly
I dislike the green spaces

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

I wish i knew how messy other tenants are.

What is the best feature of your home:

I like that theres a large Balcony which allows me to see the view.

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Facilities
5
Design
5
Location
5
Value
3
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Lovely wee area

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Review Date Aug 2019

Design and interior has been planned with care and has allowed us to make changes to the apartment that we wouldn’t necessary be able to do elsewhere.

We have got a young child and it feels safe around the area which has settled our thoughts and plans for the next few years.

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Community isn’t really that present but that’s due to the proximities of the development.

The shops are extremely accessible, in particular food with tescos and Waitrose all very near by.

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Nothing bad, good things are the football pitches just behind the development – my husband has set up a 5 a side team and they play weekly throughout the year – 4G pitches are a fantastic asset!! There are also gyms nearby which is good for myself and all others.

What is the best feature of your home:

General accessibility to everything you can need – shops, buses and the train station is a literal 2 minute walk (if that).

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Facilities
5
Design
5
Location
4
Value
5
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A smaller development than those surrounding

Review Date Mar 2018

Whilst Battersea Exchange may be seen as trying to accommodate mainly for London’s young working professionals there are also many aspects of it that suit my family very well. Despite the development itself lacking in green and open space, Battersea Park is around the corner where there is plenty of space to let the children roam with loads of activities to do. For those families with younger children, most buildings have easy step free access, ideal for prams or buggies.  Battersea Exchange is also situated in close proximity to many great school, indeed, Newton Prep School is located on the development itself and will be benefiting from an injection into its infrastructure by Taylor Wimpy.

The development is focused on regenerating the train arches it runs adjacent too, providing an exciting range of shops and restaurants on the doorstep.

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I wish I has known that Battersea Exchange operated a no pets policy. However when I enquired further & pushed harder it turned out that all I had to do was ask the management, who eventually approved my request – still frustrating!

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Facilities
4
Design
4
Location
5
Value
4
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Good spot becoming more and more popular

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Review Date Aug 2019

I have been an owner for over a year now and would recommend to anyone working in and around London. My commuting experience has been more than satisfactory and the area itself is good for weekends and leisure.

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Only thing to dislike is the potential business from all the new builds.

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Nothing for me, but to all those moving in I couldn’t recommend Battersea park enough! So good for family and friends and a great place on sunny days.

4
Facilities
4
Design
5
Location
4
Value
4
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Lovely flat

Review Date Mar 2018

Lovely flat that we have rented this past year, great to have the station on our doorstep and a wonderful primary school. Slight no mans land location but not far to connect to more hustle and bustle of Clapham areas and easy to walk up to the park.

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Lockington Road becomes an annoyance at school drop off and at the weekend in the winter when they do football club on sunday mornings – all the cars get congested and there isn’t enough turning space and very irritating when it is happening right outside.

4
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4
Design
4
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4
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4
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