A waste transfer station alongside the river Thames in London will be redeveloped to better fit in with the surrounding high-class housing area.
Western Riverside Waste Authority (WRWA) is hoping to submit plans for the Cringle Dock facility next month after a public consultation this weekend.
The site (pictured) is adjacent to the Battersea Power Station development, which is currently being rebuilt as a luxury residential area and office spaces.
WRWA general manager Mark Broxup described the transfer station’s redevelopment as an “opportunity to safeguard it by bringing it up to state-of-the-art design to fit in with the surroundings”.
“We need to move with the times, and to have a very old fashioned transfer station surrounded by high-class housing is a risk due to potential for complaints.
“It’s an old design with a very old waste bunker. So the new look would be to have a compacting station similar to that at Smugglers Way [in Wandsworth].”
The authority, which serves residents in Wandsworth, Lambeth, Hammersmith and Fulham and Kensington and Chelsea boroughs, will build a temporary waste facility while the new station is being built.
The rebuild cost is unknown but would be met by selling some of the land for new homes.
Cory Environmental currently runs the transfer station, which was built in 1974, and changed from pulverisation to containerisation in the early 1990s.