Plans to build a 300m glass tower next to Battersea Power Station, London, have been scaled back following opposition from campaigners.

The $4bn restoration includes redeveloping the derelict grade II listed generator and its surroundings.

Designs for the tower have been criticised for reducing visibility of certain landmarks such as The Palace of Westminster, says campaign group Battersea Power Station Community Group.

The tower makes up part of an eco-dome enclosing 2.5 million square feet of office space, which is naturally ventilated by air sucked in from the outside, heating up and rising through the ‘chimney’ of the tower. The natural air conditioning is meant to reduce the energy needs of the offices inside by up to two thirds, according to developers Treasury Holdings.

The company now says it will cut 50m from the height of the tower from 300m to 250m and reduce its diameter from 32m to 25m.

The tower will now also be moved 100m further away from the Giles Gilbert Scott-designed industrial landmark.
The scheme also involves the construction of a privately funded 1.75-mile Tube extension to the power station, while the power station itself will be turned into a retail and hotel complex.

By staff writer.