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Nine Elms Linear Park, London


Nine Elms is a fast-developing section of London, situated along the South Bank River, within the remit of the renowned Battersea Power Station. Spanning over a 4-acre residential-led masterplan situated at the heart of the Nine Elms regeneration area, a well sought-after thriving district for business and residents, attracting billions of pounds from both collaborating private and public sectors.  

The vision for this project was to create a fantastic modern place to live in the heart of the City. The area has been designed to be a culturally stimulating location with a broad range of visitors, shops and community facilities. Nine Elms is by far the largest regeneration zone in central London, contributing an additional 20,000 new homes to the 10,000 existing households there.  

Ballymore is an international property development company with a reputation for innovative projects that push boundaries and invigorate cities. We sat down with Tristan Stout, a Senior Development Manager at Ballymore, who has been heavily involved in the Nine Elms project. 

Collaboration with Thames Water has enabled Sustainable Urban Drainage features to be integrated into a strategic surface water network, which does not just reduce the flow, but removes it entirely from the existing network. This collaborative approach is one we hope will be replicated throughout London to make the city more resilient to future climate changechallenges, Tristan explains. 
A Linear Park is being created to connect Lambeth Palace Gardens and Vauxhall to Battersea Power Station. A joint regeneration initiative between the Greater London Authority, Transport for London, London Borough of Lambeth and the London Borough of Wandsworth. Linear Park is a prime example of interesting multifunctional green spaces incorporating green and blue infrastructure into an area of beauty. A sustainable urban drainage system runs underneath the park, and above ground is home to bird, bat and insect boxes hidden within a vast number of mature trees.  

This scheme was sectioned into multiple phases. Phase 1 was designed by Camlins, and phase 2 by Chris Blandford Associates, both collaboratively working with GreenBlue Urban in the establishment of increasing the canopy cover in Linear Park by utilising the RootSpace G2 product to provide an uncompacted space for the roots to grow beneath the highly disturbed developed land. Maylim worked as Principal Contractor for the Client Royal Mail Group, under a JCT Design and Build Contract, delivering waterproofing systems such as SuDS Tree Pits, hard landscaping and street furniture.  

Linear Park hosts a variety of events, outdoor film screenings, musical performances and festivals. The green spaces have achieved a communal hub and positive consensus for residents, visitors and commuters to the area, acting as an exemplar regeneration masterplan.