HRH The Princess Royal attends Commonwealth Leaders event at Battersea Power Station’s new culture and arts space, The Village Hall

  • HRH The Princess Royal meets representatives from Battersea Power Station’s Malaysian shareholders, Dato Jauhari, (Chairman of Battersea Power Station Development Company), Mr Kow and Rob Tincknell, CEO of Battersea Power Station
HRH The Princess Royal joined leaders from around the Commonwealth for the first official event at Battersea Power Station’s new culture and events venue, The Village Hall. The Princess attended the CSCLeaders programme in her capacity as President of the HRH The Duke of Edinburgh's Commonwealth Study Conferences. CSCLeaders is run annually by the global leadership development organisation Common Purpose. 
Chairman of Battersea Power Station Development Company Dato Jauhari welcomed HRH The Princess Royal to the event comprising 100 exceptional leaders selected from a diverse range of backgrounds from governments, businesses and NGOs across the Commonwealth countries. 
The event formed part of a six day global leadership conference in which delegates learned about the intricacies and complexities of the 42-acre riverside redevelopment, the Energy Centre, Placemaking initiatives, sustainability and the project’s commitment to employability and local employment. 

The Village Hall is a 5,000 sq. ft. arts and community space located in a converted railway arch in the first phase of the Battersea Power Station development, Circus West Village. Created in partnership with Battersea Arts Centre (BAC), the venue will provide a cultural hub for existing and future local residents and well as the wider community in Wandsworth, Lambeth and beyond. 
As a new multi-use venue in South West London, it will host a vibrant programme of arts and cultural events ranging from theatrical and dance performances, comedy, gigs, workshops, talks, and evening classes. It can hold theatre style performances for more than 150 seated guests and is fully accessible. 
Dato Jauhari, Chairman of Battersea Power Station Development Company, commented: 
“It’s a great honour for Battersea Power Station to welcome both HRH The Princess Royal and the talented group of CSCLeaders to the inaugural event at The Village Hall, as part of the annual global programme celebrating innovation across the Commonwealth. We are delighted that this space in the heart of Circus West Village will be enjoyed by both our residents and members of the community – a place where they can come together and enjoy a wide range of events and cultural activities.” 
Adirupa Sengupta of Common Purpose commented: 
“We are delighted that Battersea Power Station was able to host HRH The Princess Royal and the CSCLeaders study tour. It is only by going out, smelling the coffee and understanding how fabulous developments like this happen on the ground that the leaders on the programme are able to develop their own perspectives on innovation. Thank you very much”. 
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About Battersea Power Station Development Company

  • Battersea Power Station is one of central London’s largest, most visionary and eagerly anticipated new developments in which roughly half the development comprises retail, shops, restaurants and office space – in addition there will be a six acre public park, town square and a new tube station (scheduled to be within Zone 1).
  • The Battersea Power Station project is 42 acres and includes 3.5m sq ft of mixed commercial accommodation together with c4,500 new homes.
  • The successful regeneration of Battersea Power Station will create 20,000 new jobs, inject £20bn into the UK economy and create a funding mechanism for the first major tube line extension since the Millennium.
  • The Battersea Power Station Foundation supports local charities and community projects, in its first year of operation, £1m in grants will have been awarded, and close to £2m will be awarded in 2017.
  • New home-owners have started moving into the first phase, Circus West Village, with the first commercial tenants opening in summer 2017.
  • Battersea Power Station is owned by a consortium of Malaysian investors comprising S P Setia, Sime Darby and the Employees’ Provident Fund. Management of the development is being undertaken by British based Battersea Power Station Development Company.


About CSCLeaders

  • CSCLeaders is a partnership between the international leadership development organisation Common Purpose and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh's Commonwealth Study Conferences (UK Fund).
  • Now in its fourth year, CSCLeaders assembles exceptional senior leaders from across the Commonwealth to tackle Challenges, build the global relationships and develop the Cultural Intelligence needed by the leaders of tomorrow.
  • Each year, CSCLeaders brings together a unique group of high-calibre, talented leaders from different sectors, countries, cultures and backgrounds. Participants include board-level executives from global businesses, Chief Executives, Permanent Secretaries of Governments, Entrepreneurs, Pro-Vice Chancellors and civil society leaders. They all bring very different perspectives from across the Commonwealth, enriching discussions and debate and enabling innovative thinking and game-changing ideas to emerge.
  • CSCLeaders has run hugely successful programmes not just in the UK but in Commonwealth cities worldwide, broadening participants' horizons by exposing them to challenges and opportunities in diverse places. Previous cities include: London, Oxford, Manchester, Belfast, Glasgow, Bradford, Birmingham, Newcastle, Johannesburg, Mumbai, New Delhi, Ahmedabad, Singapore, Toronto and Nairobi.


About Battersea Arts Centre

  • Battersea Arts Centre is a public space where people come together to be creative, see a show, explore the local heritage, play or relax. The organisation’s purpose is to inspire people, to take creative risks, to shape the future.
  • Battersea Arts Centre encourages people to test and develop new ideas with members of the public – a process called Scratch. Scratch is used by artists to make theatre, by young people to develop entrepreneurial ideas and as a helpful process for anyone who wants to get creative.
  • The area of South West London and the old town hall in which Battersea Arts Centre is based, are rich in heritage. The organisation is also custodian of the Wandsworth Collection of historical artefacts, using creativity to explore the past and imagine the future.
  • Scratch has been adopted as far afield as Sydney and New York and shows and projects developed by people at Battersea Arts Centre travel across the UK and the world. The organisation has successfully sparked new approaches to creativity across the globe.
  • Each year Battersea Arts Centre:
    • Welcomes over 160,000 people to its building
    • Inspires the local community to get creative, including 3000 young people
    • Works with over 400 artists to put on over 800 performances and tour at least 10 shows and projects | @battersea_arts
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