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Battersea Power Station

Battersea Power StationBattersea Power Station - Description

battersea power station control panelBattersea Power Station - History

In 1925 Parliament decided that the specifications of electricity output by power companies should be standardised. As a result several of the existing small local power companies (which were the norm at the time) got together to form the London Power Company and build a super power station. Construction of Battersea Power Station commenced in 1929 and the first electricity was generated in 1933. The exterior of Battersea Power Station was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott (who also designed Bankside Power Station to the east where Tate Modern is now located). The control room was given Art Deco fittings and the turbine hall featured Italian marble. The original power station was completed in 1935.

The power station was decommissioned in 1983.

Battersea power station shellBattersea Power Station - Redevelopment

Battersea A Power Station was closed in 1975 and as a result of public concerns Battersea Power Station was listed as Grade II in 1980 (upgraded to Grade II* in 2007). Battersea B ceased producing energy in 1983. Subsequent to it's decommissioning Battersea Power Station was gutted as part of plans to construct a theme park on the site. However this - like later plans for the site: offices shops and a hotel (granted permission 1990); a retail, housing and leisure complex (granted outline permission 1997) - came to nothing and the power station is falling apart having been empty for nearly 30 years. It is on English Heritage's Buildings at Risk register.

Peregrine falcons nest on the site, this is a protected species and a metal gantry has been built in the grounds so that the birds can nest in peace while essential maintenance work is carried out on the building to prevent it deteriorating further.

battersea power station recent redevelopment schemeBattersea Power Station - Recent Schemes

Battersea Power Station - Website

http://www.batterseapowerstation.org.uk/hist1.html

Battersea Power Station - Getting There