Battersea Power Station encapsulated a time of grand vision and vigorous industry and now, after decades of neglect, is back at the epicentre of the capital’s commercial and cultural life.
Built in the 1930s, and designed by one of Britain’s best 20th century architects, Battersea Power Station is one of London’s most loved and recognisable landmarks. In 2013, the architectural practice WilkinsonEyre was appointed for the refurbishment of the iconic masterpiece. The proposed designs are consistent with, and sympathetic to, Sir Giles Gilbert Scott’s original vision, with the chimneys and turbine halls remaining dominant features of the building.
The development that is now underway at Battersea Power Station will transform this great industrial monument into the centrepiece of London’s greatest destination development.
Now 70 years old, Battersea Power Station has lost none of its power to astonish, not just in its scale, but in the boldness of its design. In and around the Power Station, the foundations are being laid for a new community, a place where homes, workspaces, shops, restaurants, cafés and cultural venues combine with 18 acres of new public space.
In the second phase of the development, 253 homes will be created above and within the Power Station, all influenced by the design, materials and spirit of the building.
The £9 billion development will be served by a new London Underground station, connecting the development with the rest of the city.
However, this vast site, covering 42 acres of former industrial land, is part of an even more wide-ranging project.
Battersea Power Station is the flagship development of the Nine Elms regeneration: a combination of 20 separate projects covering 560 acres.