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 Battersea Power Station view from the River Thames | © Alberto Pascual / Wiki Commons
Battersea Power Station view from the River Thames | © Alberto Pascual / Wiki Commons

The Transforming British Icon, Battersea Power Station

Picture of Clara Chiarpei
Updated: 4 January 2017
A wonderful example of art deco, Battersea Power Station is considered to be the largest brick building in Europe. Since its closure in the 80s, the station became one of the most well-known landmarks in London. Used for record covers and shoots in movies, this British icon is soon to be transformed into a much more modern structure, more magnificent and vast than ever before.

 

The Battersea Power Station is located in Nine Elms, Battersea, South West London and was built in two rounds.

The 1930s saw the construction of Battersea power Station, Part A.

Part B of the Battersea Power Station was built in the 1950s.

Among the many popular culture references, the Battersea Power Station was pictured on the cover of Pink Floyd’s famous album Animals in 1977. The Beatles’ film Help! also sees the site being filmed in the shoot in 1965.

Left in a state of disrepair for many years, the station was then put up for sale in 2012 — the first time in its history. Bought by a Malaysian company, the redevelopment of this site will be one of the capital’s most important and grand projects ever set.

The project that began in 2013 includes the restoration of the art deco of the structure internally and externally, along with the reconstruction of the chimneys and the cranes.

This new development will bring the station, which has been ‘switched off’ for decades, back to life. With glass buildings, cafés, shops, an art gallery, a theatre and more than 300 apartments, this area will be turned into one of the main luxury residential areas of London. ­

To be completed by 2020, the Battersea Power Station will be a masterpiece of architecture and beauty. With roof gardens, a luxury hotel with an infinity pool and a new tube station that will connect Battersea to the centre of London in a matter of minutes, the Nine Elms area will also become home to the first Frank Gehry buildings in London.

In the meantime, make sure you take the National Rail to Queenstown Road (Battersea) or the Victoria Line to Vauxhall to discover the original Battersea Power Station in all its glory.

Battersea Power Station, 188 Kirtling Street, London, UK