Riverlight races towards completion

Today (Tuesday), leader of Wandsworth Counciland co-chair of the Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership Ravi Govindia and London Mayor Boris Johnson were in Battersea to celebrate the ‘topping out’ of the Riverlight development.

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July 2, 2013


Today (Tuesday), leader of Wandsworth Council and co-chair of the Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership Ravi Govindia and London Mayor Boris Johnson were in Battersea to celebrate the ‘topping out’ of the Riverlight development.

The ceremony, which marks the completion of the structural frame, is a key milestone for the first phase of this St James scheme which is on course to finish in 2014.

The completed development, which is located in the Nine Elms on the South Bank regeneration area, will provide 802 new homes, 250 jobs, 45 apprenticeships and £35m towards upgrading local services and transport infrastructure.

Wandsworth and Lambeth residents can find out about training and job opportunities by contacting Residents of these boroughs can apply for some opportunities before the rest of London.

Cllr Govindia said: “Riverlight was one of the very first projects to get underway in this vast regeneration area and it fantastic to see it moving forward at such as a cracking pace.

“We are creating a fantastic new part of the city here which will deliver new jobs and growth for generations to come.

“As construction activity continues to rise across Nine Elms a steady stream of job, apprenticeship and training roles are coming forward which we are targeting towards our local residents.

“The first of our dedicated job advisors are now in place who will help local people with their applications, link candidates to opportunities which are right for them and sort out any pre-job training needed to boost confidence and get candidates ready for the workplace.

“Some of the new roles will suit experienced local trades people while others are entry level jobs which include all the on-site and classroom learning you need to get established in the jobs market. And it’s not just construction jobs coming forward but a range of office, retail and catering roles too.

“To get started with your application email or come to our open days on July 11th and 12th.”

Riverlight has been designed by architects Rogers, Stirk, Harbour + Partners working alongside landscape designers Gillespie’s.

60 per cent of the five acre site will be public open space, including 112 trees of seven different species.

Tony Pidgley, Chairman of the Berkeley ‘s Group (St James parent company), said:

“We are creating a new piece of one of the world’s best cities. Somewhere that will grace the river, drive investment, and deliver jobs and homes”.

Sean Ellis, Chairman of St James, said: “Riverlight is setting the benchmark for other developments of its kind, creating fantastic homes in an efficient manner without compromising on quality.”

St James is also creating two developments nearby on the Albert Embankment: the Merano Residences, also designed by Rogers, Stirk, Harbour + Partners, and 20-21 Albert Embankment by Foster + Partners.

Across Nine Elms on the South Bank there are more than 20 development sites under construction or in the planning pipeline.

Open days takes place next week (July 10 & 11) where local people can find out about the regeneration plans and sign up for job opportunities. For full information including the location and opening times click here.


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