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City Crits: Nine Elms led by Deborah Saunt

Architect Deborah Saunt explores the rapid transformation of Nine Elms and dissects new and emerging projects in this highly speculative quarter of central London.

London City Crits is a new series of walking tours exploring the past, present and future of the many areas undergoing massive regeneration within the capital. Our latest event explores Nine Elms on the Southbank and will be led by Deborah Saunt, co-founder of locally-based DSDHA.

The tour will explore the area’s radical transformation over the past decade – from strategic industrial reserve to towering landscape of waterfront luxury apartments – and witness key landmarks including Kieran Timberlake’s new US Embassy and Wilkinson Eyre’s Battersea Power Station restoration.

From the unique viewpoint of a local practitioner Saunt will talk us through the architecture and planning behind major developments coming out of the ground, evaluating where things went right and wrong, and how our approach to inner city renewal could be improved.

Key emerging schemes along the route include Vauxhall Cross Island by Zaha Hadid Architects, Sky Gardens Nine Elms by CJCT, the 58-storey One Nine Elms tower by KPF, Nine Elms Square by SOM, and Embassy Gardens by FCBS, PLP and Hal Architects. Completed projects include the waterfront Riverlight Towers by RSHP and Battersea Power Station’s first residential phase by dRMM and Simpson Haugh.

The walk will conclude at Battersea Park Railway Station next door to The Mason’s Arms public house where participants can discuss lessons learned surveying the territory.


Ticket - £15.00 12 available

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March 10
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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The Architecture Foundation


Vauxhall Underground Station
Vauxhall Underground Station
London, SE1 United Kingdom


Start: Vauxhall Underground Station

End: Battersea Park Railway Station

All routes are wheelchair accessible, but please do let us know in advance if you have any special requirements and we’ll make sure we plan accordingly.

Children are welcome to join free of charge.