HRH The Princess Royal joined leaders from around the Commonwealth for the first official event at Battersea Power Station’s new culture and events venue, The Village Hall. The Princess attended the CSCLeaders programme in her capacity as President of the HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conferences.
CSCLeaders is run annually by the global leadership development organisation Common Purpose.
Chairman of Battersea Power Station Development Company Dato Jauhari welcomed HRH The Princess Royal to the event comprising 100 exceptional leaders selected from a diverse range of backgrounds from governments, businesses and NGOs across the Commonwealth countries.
The event formed part of a six day global leadership conference in which delegates learned about the intricacies and complexities of the 42-acre riverside redevelopment, the Energy Centre, Placemaking initiatives, sustainability and the project’s commitment to employability and local employment.
The Village Hall is a 5,000 sq. ft. arts and community space located in a converted railway arch in the first phase of the Battersea Power Station development, Circus West Village. Created in partnership with Battersea Arts Centre (BAC), the venue will provide a cultural hub for existing and future local residents and well as the wider community in Wandsworth, Lambeth and beyond.
As a new multi-use venue in South West London, it will host a vibrant programme of arts and cultural events ranging from theatrical and dance performances, comedy, gigs, workshops, talks, and evening classes. It can hold theatre style performances for more than 150 seated guests and is fully accessible.
Dato Jauhari, Chairman of Battersea Power Station Development Company, commented:
“It’s a great honour for Battersea Power Station to welcome both HRH The Princess Royal and the talented group of CSCLeaders to the inaugural event at The Village Hall, as part of the annual global programme celebrating innovation across the Commonwealth. We are delighted that this space in the heart of Circus West Village will be enjoyed by both our residents and members of the community – a place where they can come together and enjoy a wide range of events and cultural activities.”
Adirupa Sengupta of Common Purpose commented:
“We are delighted that Battersea Power Station was able to host HRH The Princess Royal and the CSCLeaders study tour. It is only by going out, smelling the coffee and understanding how fabulous developments like this happen on the ground that the leaders on the programme are able to develop their own perspectives on innovation. Thank you very much”.
About Battersea Power Station Development Company
Battersea Power Station is one of central London’s largest, most visionary and eagerly anticipated new developments in which roughly half the development comprises retail, shops, restaurants and office space – in addition there will be a six acre public park, town square and a new tube station (scheduled to be within Zone 1).
The Battersea Power Station project is 42 acres and includes 3.5m sq ft of mixed commercial accommodation together with c4,500 new homes.
The successful regeneration of Battersea Power Station will create 20,000 new jobs, inject £20bn into the UK economy and create a funding mechanism for the first major tube line extension since the Millennium.
The Battersea Power Station Foundation supports local charities and community projects, in its first year of operation, £1m in grants will have been awarded, and close to £2m will be awarded in 2017.
New home-owners have started moving into the first phase, Circus West Village, with the first commercial tenants opening in summer 2017.
Battersea Power Station is owned by a consortium of Malaysian investors comprising S P Setia, Sime Darby and the Employees’ Provident Fund. Management of the development is being undertaken by British based Battersea Power Station Development Company.
Source : Company