NEW TUBE STATIONS: NINE ELMS
The next significant Tube upgrade, possibly by 2018, is an extension of the Northern line that will plug London’s biggest regeneration zone, 450-acre Nine Elms, into the Underground network. A spur from Kennington to Battersea will create new stations at Vauxhall and Battersea Power Station. The longer-term aim is to extend the Northern line further west to Clapham Junction, the UK’s busiest station.
Up-and-coming Vauxhall will get a boost and the impact will also be felt in Kennington and Oval. Oval Quarter brings a much-needed housing scheme of scale and style to the area and has proved a hit with buyers looking for a good-value address.
Close to the famous cricket ground is the Lilian Baylis Old School building, now listed and set to become a new community of 149 homes, including spacious loft-style apartments in the original Sixties classroom blocks and new four-bedroom townhouses. Prices from £340,000. Call Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward on 020 7740 2640.
Here, too, is listed Beaufoy Institute, a splendid Victorian building, once an educational establishment and now a community facility. Parliament Reach, with 45 flats, is being built on the rear car park. Call Investin on 020 3675 4000.