Battersea Power Station

(images from Wikipedia)

Battersea Power Station is one cool iconic building in London designed by J. Theo Halliday and Giles Gilbert Scott

“Battersea Power Station is a decommissioned Grade II* listed coal-fired power station, located on the south bank of the River Thames, in Nine Elms, Battersea, in the London Borough of Wandsworth. It was built by the London Power Company (LPC) to the design of Leonard Pearce, Engineer in Chief to the LPC, and CS Allott & Son Engineers. The architects were J. Theo Halliday and Giles Gilbert Scott. The station is one of the world’s largest brick buildings and is notable for its original, Art Deco interior fittings and decor.

The building comprises two power stations, built in two stages, in a single building. Battersea A Power Station was built between 1929 and 1935 and Battersea B Power Station, to its east, between 1937 and 1941, when construction was paused owing to the worsening effects of the Second World War. The building was completed in 1955. “Battersea B” was built to a design nearly identical to that of “Battersea A”, creating the iconic four-chimney structure.

“Battersea A” was decommissioned in 1975. In 1980 the whole structure was given Grade II listed status; “Battersea B” shut three years later. In 2007 its listed status was upgraded to Grade II*. The building remained empty until 2014, during which time it fell into near ruin. Various plans were made to make use of the building, but none were successful. In 2012, administrators Ernst & Young entered into an exclusivity agreement with Malaysia’s S P Setia and Sime Darby to develop the site to include 253 residential units, bars, restaurants, and office space (occupied by Apple and No. 18 business members club), shops and entertainment spaces. The plans were approved and redevelopment commenced a few years later. As of 2021, the building and the overall 42 acres (17 ha) site development is owned by a consortium of Malaysian investors”.

Below are links to a 5 part article series about the Battersea Power station by the Art Deco Society

(Part 1)

(Part 2)

(Part 3)

(Part 4)

(Part 5)

Even though the building has stopped being a power station it lives on as an entertainment and business complex, that even has a cool lift in one of the old Chimneys which takes visitors 109 meters above the ground, to the top of the chimney for a 360-degree view of London

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