Battersea Power Station, SW8

Battersea Power Station, SW8

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Battersea Power Station Development Company
Ranked 16th out of 99 in South West London
4.19 (based on 50 reviews) 4.19 (50 reviews)

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4.36
Facilities
4.56
Design
4.28
Location
3.70
Value
3.34
Management

The Battersea Power Station development is a large-scale mixed-use scheme, transforming the iconic Grade II listed building and surrounding area with a mix of residential, commercial, office, hotel and cultural spaces. The riverside London development offers transport links via the Thames Clipper River Bus located next to the site and Victoria and Vauxhall Rail stations, both within a twenty-minute walking distance. A new Underground station will be located at the Battersea Power Station redevelopment in 2020.

The immediately recognisable four chimneys are the result of two identical power stations being constructed next to each other. Battersea A was completed in 1935 and decommissioned in 1975. Battersea B, to the east, was completed in 1941 and decommissioned in 1978. Early ideas for Battersea Power Station’s redevelopment included creating a theme park within the building or turning it into a large shopping mall with cultural spaces.

Phase 3 of the current Battersea Power Station redevelopment was designed by architects Frank Gehry and Foster + Partners. In 2016, Apple confirmed it would be creating a London campus within the building. The electronics and software giant will take six floors within the central Boiler House, housing 1,400 of its staff and occupying 40% of available office space at the complex.

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Living with an icon of London

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Verified Resident
Review Date Oct 2020

We are really happy at BPS. The flats are modern and well built and amenities are plenty. The best part about this area however is the community feeling of BPS. Also, having guests over is always exiting as there is always a lot to explain and talk about the iconic pier station right at our doorstep, I think there are few developments in London with this kind of heritage. Overall great place to live.

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

I really enjoy the proximity to Battersea Park which is great for a run. You have to be aware that BPS still is a massive construction site which comes with noise.

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

One thing I would’ve liked to know before moving in is the quite high standing charges of Vital Energy which is the only option for heating and cooling in the building.

What is the best feature of your home:

Best feature of our home are the views from our apartment. We are quite high up and can see the sunset which is a massive bonus for me 🙂

5
Facilities
5
Design
5
Location
4
Value
2
Management
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Best place to live

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Verified Resident
Review Date Oct 2020

It’s perfect design and the community feel is great. The facilities are great and the people who live here are very friendly. Anyone would be lucky to be a resident here. The best part is restaurants and bars at our doorstep

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

I like everything

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

None

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

They always been fixed on time once I called the property manager

5
Facilities
5
Design
5
Location
5
Value
5
Management
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Low value for money and extremely poorly managed, wants to be upscale and comfortable but is definitely not

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Review Date Oct 2020

We’ve lived here for over 2 years, price is unreasonably high for quality of life offered. Yes there is a gym/pool area but you can get that with many other new developments for much less money.
Flat is nice and new, albeit on the small side – the external winter gardens might seem large as they span full length of the flat but even though they are part of the flat don’t belong to us. There are severe restrictions in place and we are not allowed to utilize winter gardens, they have to stay empty.
Biggest issue is central heating and cooling, we have been left without hot water almost every single month this year – sometimes announced, many more times unannounced. Property management is extremely poor, and maintenance of the central heating system is a complete shambles with operators rotating in and out every few months. Cost of this ‘energy and money saving’ central heating system is also extremely high, over £150 per month on average, with extrodinary high standing charges.

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

Great restaurants on ground floor, getting a bit crowded during summers. Transport links bad, the new tube won’t be built for another 2 years and the shuttle buss (20 seats) was discontinued so the only options are 10min walk to bus or 25min walk to Vauxhall station. Living by the river is great.

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

How badly the property is managed, this is the only realy painful issue to be honest. To be left without hot water almost every month for between a few hours to a whole week is just inexcusable in 2020.

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

Very poorly, root causes of issues are never adressed, just remporaty quick fixes.

3
Facilities
4
Design
4
Location
1
Value
1
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Well built, but massively let down by management and maintenance issues all around the site

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Review Date Sep 2018

BPS is an exciting development, so much happening and some iconic building works going on. The apartments are new and nicely fitted inside, with many facilities provided such as pool, gym, garden, parking, concierge, residents lounges. All look great on an estate agents viewing and when you first move in, but very quickly things turn sour by the excessive building work noise meaning you have to keep all windows closed. More annoying is the mismanagement of many things such as the pool area has no shower or even towel hooks/ clothes hooks to get changed. so you put your towel and clothes wherever you can. Jacuzzi is frequently out of order, gym room is tiny and always mad busy. The gym reception and lounge is twice the size of the gym itself!
management have take away all the cycle racks from outside BPS and put them hidden away underground which is very inconvenient and no spaces for visitors to use.
Lifts are frequently out of order and for some reason have been misprogrammed to always close doors and leave just as you arrive to the lift (using a door access card from outside)
Residents lounge is too cold to sit and work as they keep the cold air blowing all the time, so no one uses the space.
cinema is constantly booked out and cannot be used by more than 1 person at a time. They dont have any communal sessions when people can share the cinema at peak times for some reason.
COmmunal gardens are full of dog mess and so are hazardous to small children. Management do nothing to tell dog owners where is an appropriate place for their pets to toilet.
Onsite supermarket is extremely expensive
Onsite restaurants are good and very popular with residents and visitors from outside BPS.
residents APP is the only way to actually speak to estate management, they dont reply to emails or have a phone number or office you can report issues to. They hide behind a slow and cumbersome app which has no direct way to reach someone and get a response. There is also no way to message other residents, or get things done by asking the opinion of anyone else.
Management do arrange events to attract outside visitors, such as putting big video screens during wimbledon, but then they refused to show the world cup football games and mostly the screens were not used.
Overall, i would say BPS has great potential but management should focus more on actually making the facilities work for residents, rather than simply providing something that looks great but fails to meet our needs.

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

Nine elms and BPS is a great location, near to battersea park which is lovely. Alos convenient for central london or chelsea shopping,
It is a building site and there are a lot of construction traffic on the roads and noisy works going on every day.

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

That BPS would be badly managed and so letting down my enjoyment of living here. I would have chosen another development to live and warn people before coming to bear all these things in mind, rather than be wowed by the space and facilities which appear to be great.

3
Facilities
5
Design
4
Location
3
Value
2
Management
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Great modern design but extreme noise levels, high prices

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Review Date Jun 2020

The main disadvantage of the development is the amount of noise coming from the railroad and from the development site.

The development has good facilities (gym, sauna, lounge, swimming pool) even though they aren’t often managed at the level of service that they could have.

The apartments have good modern design despite some specific units having very odd shapes. Energy and water infrastructure require a lot of maintenance and energy bills are very high. The windows don’t always have enough insulation to protect from the outside noise.

The massive winter gardens tend to overheat on sunny days to unbearable temperatures. Also, you’re not allowed to keep much in them despite their size.

Prices of apartments are much higher than other nearby luxury developments

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

The development is close to Battersea park and the river. There’s also a few restaurants and cafes in the development.

BPS is very close to central London despite poor transport infrastructure.

Unfortunately, the area is also a massive construction site with an enormous amount of noise coming from the development site and the massive railroad line. There is very little public transport and the area feels a little isolated from all other neighborhoods.

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

Winter garden overheating

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

Winter garden blinds and insulation from noise and overheating

4
Facilities
4
Design
3
Location
2
Value
3
Management
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Fantastic area to live…..but a shame things aren’t always fixed quickly

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Review Date Sep 2018

It’s a fantastic place to live with a great community. Stand out points for me are the beautiful social spaces; each with their own unique style and atmosphere, as well as an app uniting residents. Through the app residents can communicate on groups, access information and updates for the residence, gain updates on surrounding road closures and the like, as well as sign up to events hosted by the estate.
A massive stand out downside however is that there is a lengthy snagging list, much of which is addressed and to this I give a huge congratulations for the team, but there is also an unacceptable amount that is not dealt with, especially considering our maintenance fees are so high. Namely the windows on the 11th floor social spaces still do not open automatically at 24 degrees like they should, thus rendering the space an uncomfortable waste, and the communal coffee machine which I have been informed has been broken for at least a year now, and the parking system.

5
Facilities
4
Design
4
Location
4
Value
2
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An amazing investment, and a unique place to live.

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Review Date Mar 2018

I bought an apartment in the first phase of phase 1, known as Circus West, off plan in 2013. The completion date was a year later than predicted, in 2017. Other than the delays, I am delighted with my investment and love living in this very unique, thoughtful development. The finishes of the apartments are unique and consider the industrial heritage of the site. The buildings themselves are architecturally distinctive and whilst not to everyone’s taste, work very well internally. The internal gardens are also beautiful and the development is (uniquely) dog friendly.

The best thing about Circus West, is the level of amenity, both residents’ only (3 storey club, gym, pool, terrace, concierge (who deliver to your door!)) and the restaurants and shops available to the public. There are also pop up/ start up shops at weekends and holidays. It will be amazing in a few years when Apple and hundreds of other shops and restaurants move into the main power station.

The only negatives are that the snagging issues have been extensive, mainly because Carillion were the main contractor, and the service charge is relatively expensive. Although you get what you pay for!

There is a lot of negative press written on the Power Station and the wider area, but in my experience it is completely unfounded. Its pioneering!

5
Facilities
5
Design
4
Location
4
Value
3
Management
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Anything but straight forward

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Review Date Oct 2020

The design and facilities are high-spec but overall the space usage is poorly thought out. The gym is too small for the number of residents, there is too much dead ‘lounge’ space in areas where there’s no need for it whereas there’s not enough ‘garden’ space for the amount of people/dogs. Overall what lets the development down is the terrible comms and approach from management. Whilst the rest of the BPSE Phases are in development we’re completely in the dark as to what our fees are paying for – the heating and cooling charges in particular are akin to daylight robbery and are fixed by management. Tenants are unable to distinguish ‘maintenance’ from other charges and so end up paying for costs that landlords should be liable for. Regardless, the charges are sky high. If you’re looking at a property, disregard the space in the ‘winter garden’ – management do not permit you to use it for any meaningful purpose, it has no power supply and is either far too hot in the summer (no blinds!) or far too cold in the winter (no heat/power in there).

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

The bars and restaurants are great – we are missing a decent mainstream grocery store but Waitrose is not too far if you’re able to walk and carry groceries. Transport is obviously in development with TFL still to open the Northern Line extension otherwise buses are frequent.

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

How useless the ‘winter garden’ space is – it’s a considerable square footage of the smaller apartments and totally useless due to management rules on no furniture (or anything but a plant, on a table) and no heating/shade in there.

What is the best feature of your home:

High-spec fittings, close access to good bars and restaurants

4
Facilities
4
Design
4
Location
2
Value
2
Management
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Hugely Impressive Development, let down by poor Management

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Review Date Oct 2020

The building that currently stands is Phase 1, with impressive views of the river and the power station, which along with the other phases are currently under construction. Apartments are modern and well designed, and there are some good facilities on offer for residents, however, there have been snagging issues. This along with an Estate Management who serve the investors not the residents means that when things go wrong it is very difficult to get someone to take responsiblity to fix it.

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

This iconic developement has 6 phases in the pipeline, 1 already complete, boasting over half a dozen restaurants, bars, theatre, cinema and other amenities. There’s already a good community spirit and residents can make use of private restaurant, gym, pool, spa, conference room, concierge service, parking, etc. Transport links are good – Victoria is 10 minutes walk away, Sloane Square 15 minutes, and this will be improved when the new underground station is built here. So there are plenty of things to enjoy, although sometimes it is noisy with the construction work and such a large community of people living here.

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

The heating and cooling system is its own energy centre, sadly it has been unreliable and is expensive for residents

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

Savills took over the Estate Managment circa a year ago and made a poor situation much worse – they are incredibly difficult to communicate with and show no accountability to the people they should be looking after. Which is a real shame as the place has massive potential. When you do raise issues they often ignore them or try to suggest its not their problem, when clearly they are building or design defects on a new hi tech property which shouldn’t occur.

5
Facilities
5
Design
4
Location
3
Value
1
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Not quite ready for Prime Time

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Review Date Oct 2020

We have owned the property since the initial release in January 2017. There were a fair amount of teething pains, though once obvious faults in either design or execution were identified, and accepted(not the same thing), Aftercare stuck with it until cured. Property management started in-house but has been transitioned to a third party, Savills. Unfortunately authority from the Developer and latest iteration of Estate Management has not followed, putting the nominal property managers in a tough position. Perhaps this will improve as properties are released in Phase 2 from this coming March. On the credit side of the ledger, living next door to one of the largest construction sites in Europe could have been far worse. Care has been taken to minimize the effects on residents.

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

Nine Elms in general, amenities are sparse but growing. Will change when Power Station opens and Tube goes live. Would help enormously if Lambert Council would control the liberties with which developers may willy nilly compromise road usage

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

Complexity of the heating/cooling system, one of the proximate causes for divergence between projected service charge and actual. That and over reliance on ‘expert consultants’ abundantly lacking in common sense

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

Better sonic insulation/noise barrier between apartments both horizontally and vertically. Second would be a grown up fridge/freezer suitable for people who actually cook, followed by an electric socket or two in the Winter Garden.

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Facilities
5
Design
5
Location
4
Value
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Battersea Power Station Development Company owns and manages the redevelopment of the Battersea Power Station site in South West London.…
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