Prince of Wales Drive


Walsh’s clever value engineering of the initial design removed the need for complex and expensive temporary works, providing significant cost and time savings.

The Prince of Wales Drive site previously housed four gas holders. Three of these remain and form a large constraint to the basement. Walsh have worked with the Architect and client to redesign the basement so the gas holder walls act as the temporary works.

Whilst designing the blocks,the tallest of which is 30 storeys, we found the most cost effective solutions. Given that the build period will be over a number of years Walsh worked with the client to build flexibility in to the later phases of the scheme such that they can adapt to changing market conditions.

The East and West boundaries are formed by railway viaducts, leading us to provide assistance with the Network Rail technical approvals. Our scope also includes requisition of a sewer to discharge surface water run off to the Thames, significant highway improvements to the adjoining roads, full drainage design including provision for SUDS as well as advising on traffic maneuverability through the site.

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Key Facts

  • Client: St William (St James)
  • Location: Battersea, London
  • Year: 2020
  • Summary:
    This 2.01 Hector scheme in Vauxhall is adjacent to Battersea Dogs and Cats home. The site consists of 11 buildings with provision for 839 residential units, retail and Cafes, and a new facility for the Royal College of Arts. It has a basement across the whole site.

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