London development generates nearly $1B in sales before groundbreaking

Overseas buyers who account for half of new-home purchases in London are helping drive nearly $1 billion in sales in Circus West at Battersea Powerstation, a new neighborhood of 866 homes that will break ground in July, Bloomberg reports.

The project is part of London’s largest redevelopment area, which is centered around a decommissioned coal-fired power plant on the south bank of the River Thames. By 2030, as many as 16,000 new homes are expected to be constructed around Battersea Powerstation.

The old power plant, which was featured on the cover of Pink Floyd’s 1977 album, “Animals,” is said to said to be the largest brick building in Europe. A new U.S. embassy is also planned for the Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea Opportunity Area, which will be served by an extension of London’s underground transit system. Source: bloomberg.com.