Prince of Wales Drive, Battersea
This Berkeley Homes Development constructed under St William – Designed for Life umbrella is an exclusive collection of 1,2-,3- and 4-bedroom apartments in the heart of London a short stroll from Battersea Park and neighbouring power station, Zone 1 underground connections including the elite Sloane Square being just a mile away.
Battersea itself is quite an iconic area, back in 1846, the Commission for Improving the Metropolis acquired 320 acres of Battersea Fields, of which 198 acres became Battersea Park, and the remainder was to be let on building leases. Prince of Wales Drive, which was previously known as Prince of Wales Road, was part of Battersea Fields. The road was named after the then Prince of Wales, who would become King Edward VII in 1901; the roads on the east and west sides of the park were named after his mother and father respectively.
The original idea was for Battersea Park to be surrounded by middle-class villas, as seen in other contemporary parks in Britain. The land was allocated for building, but nothing was built for about 30 years. One villa, Carlton Lodge, was built in 1884 with the final villas and mansion blocks built between 1892-1902 as part of a planned development by the Crown Estate designed to recreate something of the splendour of the mansion blocks north of the river.
The mansion blocks remain and are listed within the Battersea Park Conservation Area Appraisal and Strategy.
With Nine Elms and Battersea undergoing major planned regeneration. Work commenced in 2013 firstly around Battersea Power Station, including shops, cafes, restaurants, art and leisure facilities, office space and residential buildings. An essential part of the work is an extension of the London Underground to service the area. The extension will branch from the Northern line at Kennington and travel west to Nine Elms and Battersea – creating two new stations.
With many known developers securing and constructing new housing, Berkeley homes are just one that we are proud to be associated with. The spacious city living apartments offer a premium specification and distinctive interior design. The state-of-the-art residents' facilities include a 17m pool, sauna, steam room, 8th-floor roof terrace, 24-hour concierge, cinema, flexible workspace, games area, private podium garden, karaoke room, screening room, 24th-floor bar and lhttps://greenblue.com/products/rootspace/ounge and secure basement parking.
This sounds amazing, however, what impressed us the most was the “escape city life in our tranquil gardens”. In the heart of Battersea, Landscape Architects Gillespies have recreated a 2.5-acre haven that overlooks the wonderful greenery of Battersea Park.
GreenBlue were of course delighted to work with Elite Landscapes to provide RootSpace 600, Geonet, reinforced mesh and RootBarrier, RootRain Urbans and ArborGuys to assist these newly planted trees in such an affluent area.
We certainly hope that by adopting best practice planting methodologies, Berkley Homes will have a development that they can be proud of that will help enhance the lives of all that live and visit – a tranquil oasis in the heart of a busy metropolis!