A close up look at Nine Elms Lane12 August 2014
The rise and rise of Nine Elms Lane
Very exciting things are happening at Nine Elms Lane on the South Bank right now. With 16,000 new homes being built, amazing developments are popping up here there and everywhere. Some 25,000 jobs are also being created and the area’s set to become a massive tourist magnet. More than £1 billion is being spent on new infrastructure, including two new tube stations and there will also be a lot of lovely public spaces available, as well as visitor attractions. Another key feature is a new “linear park” or green corridor that stretches all the way from Battersea Park to Vauxhall Cross and beyond, including sports facilities, picnic areas, cafes, gardens as well as cycle paths and running tracks – all running parallel to the Thames pathway.
Nine elms lane History
What’s interesting is how quickly Nine Elms, a previously rather unknown area of the Thames, has developed in recent years. Originally, the name came from a row of trees on the main road around 1645. The area was mainly made up of marshland and there’s even evidence of Roman occupation in the grounds of Lambeth Palace…
Post-medieval period, Vauxhall and Nine Elms lane grew due to the construction of a fort in the English Civil war and also the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens – a large entertainment house in London with an array of acts, from monkeys to jugglers, to lion-tamers, to fire walkers. After Vauxhall Bridge was opened in 1816, there was a major route created from north to south London. Then, after the Nine Elms railway station was opened in 1838, it was conveniently connected to points between Vauxhall and London Bridge by Thames steam boats. However, it closed in 1848 when the railway was extended to a new terminus at Waterloo station. The surrounding area to the north of the new mainline became the London and South Western Railway’s carriage until their relocation south. Unfortunately the buildings were damaged by bombs in World War II and closed in 1967.
The hope is that the prosperity will spread beyond Nine Elms. And there’s a lot of investment available to ensure this happens. The railway arches will no longer be a barrier, but a thriving hub of business, with access through them to the river at the Albert Embankment. Also, Transport for London is currently completing plans for an extension of the Northern line which would provide two new Tube stations in Nine Elms, giving residents quick access to key points in the UK capital – such as Westminister, The City and Leicester Square – all in a matter of minutes. In Battersea, there are also new transport improvements, including railway station upgrades at Queenstown Road and Battersea.
So if you’re looking for a property, make sure you go and check out Nine Elms developments – one of the busiest and interesting parts of London for buyers and investors alike right now.