05 March 2018
Women of Battersea Power Station 2018
International Women’s Day falls on 8 March, and Battersea Power Station will be celebrating the social, cultural and political achievements and progress of women throughout the month. There will be a series of events happening on site to mark the occasion – Click here to find out more about our celebrations.
Here at The Power Station, we’re also highlighting some of the amazing women we work with who have achieved so much in their fields and advanced the cause of women everywhere by doing so. Here they are:
Hilary Rowland is Creative Director and co-founder of Boom Cycle, whose flagship studio is located at Battersea Power Station’s Circus West Village. Boom, which started business in 2011, was the original high-energy cycle spinning class in London and it now has four studios with more on the way.
Before founding her own business, Hilary was a fashion model. She comes from the USA and started modelling at 15. She moved to New York City to model professionally when she was 21, only months after 9/11, and soon was travelling and working all around the world. She moved again to London in 2004, and had the idea for Boom Cycle soon after as she noticed the absence of boutique spin classes in the city – they were already popular in New York.
A few years later Hilary met her husband and business partner Robert, and the two founded Boom Cycle together. Alongside being Creative Director, Hilary personally leads an average of ten rides a week at Boom studios. She and Robert live at Circus West, and were among the first 100 “pioneers” to move in.
Mel Marriott has had a career in hospitality spanning over twenty years, working on large brands - including All Bar One for Mitchells and Butlers - as well as smaller independent projects both in London and overseas. She founded Darwin and Wallace in 2012 with the support of The Imbiba Partnership and is passionate about the importance of great design and its role within her business.
Since launch less than six years ago the independent bar group has grown to include No 11 Pimlico Road, No 32 The Old Town, No 1a Duke Street, No 197 Chiswick Fire Station and No 29 Power Station West. Mel’s vision has been to create a modern interpretation of a 21st century pub, innovative in design, local, independent and indicative of the area, serving drinks and seasonal food all day.
“We are redefining a formulaic Gastro Pub model with a modern, all day, creatively designed interpretation of what a pub should be," says Mel. "Our mantra is to look beyond the obvious, work harder than the rest, surround yourself with things you love.”
Alice Mayor is the founder of revolutionary Carnaby Street souvenir shop We Built This City. She had the idea for We Built This City while riding on a number 19 bus, when she found herself looking into a typical London souvenir shop on Holborn. It stocked the usual selection of low-quality, cliched souvenirs, mostly cheaply mass-produced in overseas factories.
“With such a highly acclaimed creative community in London, I suddenly realised we could do so much better than that!” she says.
Soon after, We Built This City opened on Carnaby Street, one of London’s iconic shopping destinations. It showcases artworks and gifts from Mayor’s network of hundreds of London artists, makers and creators: one of its many offbeat products is bottles of genuine British rain for visitors to take back home with them as a memento of their experiences in the UK.
When Battersea Power Station came to open its Design Store, it was obvious that Alice and her team were the right people to help with setting it up. The Battersea Power Station Design Store stocks a selection of homewares, fashion, stationery, jewellery, artwork, gifts and souvenirs, all inspired by the Grade II* listed Power Station and its riverside location.
Morag’s mantra is “make happy those who are near and those who are far will come”. London born and bred, Morag has always lived in the city and has been fascinated by the way in which colour and pattern can change urban environments and people’s perceptions of spaces into places. From schools and hospitals to cultural hubs and town centres Morag transforms public spaces by creating engaging experiences for everyone. At Battersea Power Station she created “Power”, the visually arresting artwork incorporating Grosvenor Arch – the riverside entrance to Circus West Village.
Morag is obsessed with "Belonging" and talks around the world about it: her last stop was Design Indaba, Cape Town where she spoke to 1500 in the audience and 3000 people online. Her contribution to educational environments was recognised in 2015, when her work with Allford Hall Monaghan Morris on Burntwood School won the Stirling Prize for Architecture. Morag was made a Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) by the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) in 2017, a widely recognised award that celebrated her work
for providing “significant benefit to society”.
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