We take a comprehensive look at the London borough that is home to one of the biggest regeneration projects in Europe
Where is it?
The London borough of Wandsworth is located in South West London, bordering with Hammersmith and Fulham to the north, Lambeth to the east, Merton to the south and Richmond to the west. Towns here include Putney, Earlsfield, Clapham, Balham, Tooting and Battersea.
Who lives there?
The 2011 census found that 307,000 people live here, although that number is likely to have increased significantly in the last four years. There has been a notable increase in young families moving to the borough, with 44% of residents aged 25 to 44 (up from 36% in 2000) and the proportion of children aged under five up by 33% in the same period.
What is it famous for?
Wandsworth is dotted with iconic sites, including Battersea Power Station, HM Wandsworth Prison and Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. The arts are well represented by the historic Battersea Arts Centre (BAC). Tooting Bec Lido – England’s biggest open-air swimming pool - is exceptionally popular, while the green space of Battersea Park stretches for 200 acres and is connected to the Thames Path.
Did you know?
Wandsworth is known for its cheap council tax. The average yearly council tax for a Band D property here is £687, just £9 a year behind table-topping Westminster and more that £250 cheaper than third-placed City of London (£941.79). Watch out for the car parking charges, though – they were worth £29m to Wandsworth council last year.
What is the political landscape like?
Of the 60 council seats here, 40 are held by the Conservatives and 19 by Labour (one seat is held by an independent candidate), and the borough has been a Conservative stronghold in council elections since 1978. Of the three constituency seats here, Putney and Battersea are held by the Conservatives and Tooting is held by Labour.
What do houses cost?
According to research from the property group CBRE, Wandsworth is the sixth most unaffordable borough in London. On average, flats here are priced at £668,806, semi-detached homes £838,887 and detached homes £1.41m.
Are there any regeneration projects underway?
The borough is set to see more new homes built in the next decade than anywhere else in London. Nine Elms, a district in the north-eastern corner of the borough, is home to one of Europe’s biggest regeneration areas, with 18,000 new homes in the works (at least 5,000 of which will be low-cost).
The project, which also aims to create 25,000 new jobs, stretches across 195 hectares and includes more than 20 interconnected development sites. There will also be an extension to the Northern Line, with two new tube stations at Nine Elms and Battersea expected to open by 2020. The regenerated area will benefit from three iconic attractions – the newly developed Battersea Power Station, the new United States Embassy and New Covent Garden Market.
Work has commenced on a £1bn project in Wandsworth town centre to transform the high street and improve its transport links, cutting down on congestion, noise and pollution. The long-awaited development of the six-acre Ram Brewery site will bring a host of new homes, bars and restaurants in a new waterfront quarter.
Winstanley and York Road Estates
After two years of consultations, plans are afoot to redevelop two of Battersea’s most famous council estates, demolishing 700 homes and building 2,000 new ones in their place, in addition to a new park, community centre, library and leisure centre.
Carlton Gate by Henley Homes
Putney Hill, SW15
Located on Putney Hill, Carlton Gate is a collection of twenty-four two-bedroom apartments and three three-bedroom penthouses, set behind a faithfully re-imagined art deco style façade.
Homes at Carlton Gate are finished to the highest standard, with all properties here featuring an open-plan kitchen/living/dining space. Each apartment also comes with a private terrace or balcony, as well as the option of audio visual packages, mood lighting and automated blinds.
Carlton Gate is just a short walk from both East Putney underground station (District Line) and Putney national rail station. Newly released apartments start from £875,000.
Find out more at www.carltongatesw15.co.uk; or by contacting joint appointed agents Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward (020 8222 7200) or Douglas and Gordon (020 8788 3000)
The Ram Quarter by Greenland Group
The Ram Quarter will offer a collection of 661 new homes on the site of the former Ram Brewery (most recently run by Young’s until the brewery’s closure in 2006) in the centre of Wandsworth. When completed, this development will provide everything from studio apartments to four-bedroom properties across its four buildings.
In addition to a landmark residential tower and over 9,500 sq m of space dedicated to new shops, cafes, bars and restaurants, the development by will preserve many of the site’s historic buildings, which will be restored and refurbished.
The River Wandle, which runs through the site, will be rejuvenated as a central feature. Prices start from £435,000
Find out more at www.theramquarter.com ; 0800 886 777
Radius by Taylor Wimpey
Taylor Wimpey’s Radius development consists of a collection of luxury apartments in Osiers Road, Point Pleasant.
Located between Putney Bridge and Wandsworth Bridge, this collection of one-, two- and three-bedroom homes is located in a highly-desirable location close to the banks of the River Thames and within easy reach of central London.
Each two-bedroom property features an open-plan kitchen/dining/living room opening through sliding doors to a private balcony or terrace, with a well-proportioned master bedroom, a double guest bedroom, a bathroom and a storage closet off the internal entrance hallway. Selected plots offer en-suite facilities to master bedrooms.
Prices here range from £650,000 for a two-bedroom apartment up to £875,000 for a three-bedroom property.
Find out more at www.taylorwimpey.co.uk ; 0203 674 1403