Communities in Transition: Nine Elms

Our popular field trip series, Communities in Transition, continues on 20th August with a visit to one of London’s largest regeneration sites – the Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea Opportunity Area. Stretched along the Thames and straddling the boroughs of Lambeth and Wandsworth, the 195-hectare site has the potential to provide up to 18,000 homes and 25,000 jobs by 2030. Investment in new infrastructure has opened the former industrial area to new development, and a steady stream of high-rise apartment blocks are appearing along the riverbank.

In addition, the site will provide new social infrastructure, two new Northern Line stations, a new park, and a new pedestrian and cycle bridge across the Thames. Vauxhall Town Centre will also be transformed, with a new high street and redesigned road network to replace the unpopular gyratory system.


Our visit will focus on how this large-scale project is being co-ordinated and delivered. The walk will take in key sites relating to housing, transport, heritage, environment, and new commercial opportunities.

The trip will run from 3:00 – 5:00 PM on Wednesday, 20th August, with networking over drinks afterwards. The visit will start with presentations at the iconic Battersea Power Station, and will continue with a walking tour of the area, taking in key projects under development. We’ll be joined by practitioners involved in delivering different components of the site, including:

  • Helen Fisher, Programme Director, Nine Elms on the South Bank
  • Amy Swan, Planning Manager, Battersea Power Station Development Company
  • Carly Cudmore, Planning Specialist (Major Projects), Environment Agency
  • Ian Ruegg, Development Manager, LB Wandsworth
  • Helen Evans, Director of Business Development and Support, New Covent Garden Market Authority
  • Andrew Dorrian, Planner, Transport for London
  • Iago Griffith, Neighbourhood Regeneration Officer, LB Lambeth

Join Future of London to see how this high-profile Opportunity Area is developing, and find out how infrastructure is being used to support development; what’s being done to build sense of place on such a large site; and what’s being done to ensure that  existing communities can share in the benefits of new development.

The trip is free to attend, but space is limited and registration is required. To register your interest, please email If you have secured a spot, you will receive a confirmation email.