Battersea Power Station - Phase 2

 

Battersea Power Station by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott is one of the world's largest brick buildings. Since it was decommissioned back in 1983, it has stood derelict on the south bank of the River Thames, in Nine Elms by Chelsea Bridge. Renowned for its four chimneys and art deco design, the iconic Grade II listed coal-fired power station is undergoing a massive transformation that will see it restored as a mixed-use development, part of a wider development, one of the largest in Europe.

Mace is the company that took over in August 2017 as construction manager for Phase 2 of the redevelopment transforming the Power Station, and building an energy centre and six acre public riverside park. As the focus of the wider regeneration project, the Power Station will include 100 new retail units, as well as an events venue and chimney lift experience. The Power Station will also provide 46,000 sqm of new office space which will be home to Apple’s new London Campus, and will include 253 new residential units. The surrounding area plays host to new projects by the most renown architects such as Frank Gehry, Foster + Partners, and BIG.

Battersea Power Station became also iconic in the music industry thanks to the photographs taken in early December 1976 for the cover of Pink Floyd's Animals album. It was designed by the band’s long term artwork designer and friend Storm Thorgeson of Hipgnosis studios. For the photo shoot, an enormous inflatable pink pig, made by the Zeppelin company, was tethered to one of the southern chimneys. However the pig broke free of its moorings and rose into the flight path of London Heathrow Airport to the astonishment of pilots in approaching planes. Police helicopters were called in to track its course, until it landed in a farm in Kent. The owner of the farm was apparently most annoyed that a giant Pig had frightened his cows. Whether the pig escaped, or was released on purpose to increase publicity, is not known. Animals was officially launched at an event at Battersea Power Station in January 1977. The Animals album is one of the main reasons for the worldwide fame of Battersea Power Station.

All photos are © Francesco Russo