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Battersea Power Station, London

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Battersea Power Station is a decommissioned 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 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 1929–35 and Battersea B Power Station to its east, between 1937–41, 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 near identical design to "Battersea A" which provided 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 SP Setia and Sime Darby to develop the site to include 250 residential units, bars, restaurants, office space (occupied by Apple and No.18 business members club), shops and entertainment spaces. The plans were approved and redevelopment started a few years later. As of 2019, the building is owned by a consortium of Malaysian investors.
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  • The boards stretch for yards along Battersea Park Road advertising the scale of the redevelopment all around Battersea Power Station. Now accessed from both that road and just south of Chelsea Bridge....  more »
  • Once an iconic building on the Thames it is now sadly squashed between glass apartment buildings, the developers are squashing as much onto the site as possible.  more »
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  • Had a day at the cheese fest on Sunday the food at most of the stands was really great but the best was a company from Bath .we brought 2 pieces after tasting a few. I will have to come back to you about the name .Good day
  • Disgraceful attitude to local residents, particularly from Ms India Struthers. They have broken every promise (many of them in writing) on the management of Grosvenor arch traffic. This organisation is dishonest and contemptuous of residents. I will be posting full details on this story shortly.

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