Construction begins on the new Sainsbury’s Nine Elms scheme

Sainsbury’s is working with Barratt London and L&Q to deliver 737 new homes, a new 80,000 sq ft Sainsbury’s store and 27,000 sq ft of local shops, restaurants and office space in Nine Elms.

Published on
January 15, 2014


A £450m project to build a new Sainsbury’s store, housing, and business space on one of Europe’s largest regeneration projects began construction today.

Sainsbury’s is working with Barratt London and L&Q to deliver 737 new homes, a new  80,000 sq ft Sainsbury’s store and 27,000 sq ft of local shops, restaurants and office space in Nine Elms. The project will also deliver a new Nine Elms tube station. 

The scheme is part of the wider transformation of Nine Elms on the South Bank into Central London’s newest district, located between Chelsea Bridge and Lambeth Bridge. Over the next 15 years, 18,000 new homes, 25,000 new jobs and two new town centres will be created, as well as a linear park, two new schools, arts and cultural facilities and the £1bn Northern line extension to Battersea Power Station from Kennington.

The new Sainsbury’s store opening in 2016 will create over 300 new jobs and feature an in-store bakery, hot and cold food counters and a wide range of Sainsbury’s popular food and non-food products plus a new Explore Learning Centre offering school tuition for children aged 5-14 in English and Maths.

A temporary Sainsbury’s store will be trading next to the site while the new store is being built. The store will be larger than a Sainsbury’s Local convenience store and will provide a wide range of goods for customers to be able to undertake a grocery shop.

Jamie Cowen, Head of Mixed Use Development at Sainsbury’s said:  “The Nine Elms area of London has been identified for one of the biggest regeneration schemes in Europe, with the potential for thousands of new homes and many more businesses.

“We’ve been trading from this site for 30 years and our plans will complete the wider regeneration and create a better shopping experience as well as building space for other shops, businesses and much needed housing in the area.”

Alastair Baird, Regional Managing Director at Barratt London said: “Our technical capability to deliver complex housing schemes in the capital continues to  provide us with a competitive edge in securing new business.  This is an outstanding site in one of the most important regeneration projects in London and we are delighted to be working with Sainsbury’s.’’

Jerome Geoghegan, Group Director Development and Sales at L&Q  said: “As one of the leading  developers of housing in the capital,  we are delighted to be working with Sainsbury’s and in partnership with Barratt London on this key regeneration site.  Our partnership with Barratt London now covers four sites and will deliver 1,700 high quality new homes for London.’’

Cllr Lib Peck, Leader of Lambeth Council said: “This is significant because now people can actually see work getting underway on this site. It means the promise of regeneration becomes much more real and the jobs and homes for local people are a step closer.” 

Helen Fisher, Programme Director Nine Elms on the South Bank said: “Nine Elms on the South Bank is transforming at a rapid pace and we are thrilled to be able to add Sainsbury’s, with partners Barratt and L&Q, to the list of partners now actively regenerating the area.  With some 30,000 new residents due to move into the area, the new improved store will be an addition that’s especially welcomed.”




Media queries: For Sainsbury’s media enquiries, please contact Janet Heald on 07721935203 or  To find out more about Sainsbury’s plans visit

For Nine Elms on the South Bank enquiries please contact Bea Bishop at The Communication Group plc, on 020 7630 1411 or

Housing:  645 of the homes will be delivered by Barratt and L&Q.  An additional 92 social units will be constructed at a later phase.

About Nine Elms on the South Bank: Nine Elms on the South Bank is the £15 billion transformational area between Lambeth Bridge and Chelsea Bridge, which includes Vauxhall town centre, the new US Embassy, New Covent Garden Market and Battersea Power Station. It is one of the largest regeneration projects in Europe and the most significant development area in London.

About L&Q: L&Q is one of the largest developers of new homes in London.  Our objective is to offer people the choice and high quality they seek from the housing market and our mission is to create places where people want to live.


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