The day has finally arrived! Today marks the opening of the Northern Line Extension! We would like to take this time to thank our partners, and congratulate Transport for London (TfL) on this incredible achievement.

Over the last few years, this project has involved the construction of two new stations and a new tunnel from Kennington to Battersea. Ardent were appointed by TfL in 2012 to promote the Transport & Works Act Order (TWAO) for the Northern Line Extension to Battersea. This new extension to the London Underground will not only help regenerate the Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea areas, but it will be supporting 25,000 new jobs and more than 20,000 new homes. The addition of new stations at Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station are something that you do not see very frequently, as the building of additional lines and stations to the London Underground network are understandably difficult to build.

This TWAO saw Ardent’s Land Referencing and Compulsory Purchase & Consents teams identify and engage with over 5,000 parties,  deliver land agreements that mitigated consenting and delivery risk,  our own CEO Richard Caten acted as the property and land expert witness at the public inquiry. Over the course of the project, Ardent provided a full suite of services and delivered the following:

  • Strategy
  • Land Referencing – Book of Reference & Notice Service
  • Land & Works Plans
  • Landowner Engagement & Agreements
  • Consultation- including public consultation events
  • Valuation & compensation advice e – Property Cost Estimate
  • Statement of Case inputs
  • Expert witness & Inquiry support
  • Contractor procurement support
  • Land acquisition & Construction land entry
  • On site landowner relationship management

It is great to see the results of the team’s efforts and see the Northern Line Extension open. Large infrastructure projects take many years from conception through design, planning and implementation, and seeing the NLE open today makes us proud. Congratulations to all involved and here’s to the many who will ride the NLE rails for years to come.

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