The station makes a brief appearance in The Beatles' second film, Help!, in 1965. In the vicinity of Battersea Power Station, it's a great place for a tea or coffee. Although the site is close to Battersea Park and Queenstown Road stations, trains from these stations to Victoria and Waterloo respectively are already heavily loaded. [36] Following resolution of creditors' claims, it acquired the freehold title in May 1996. The London Power Company developed an experimental technique for washing flue gases in 1925. 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. Bids were received from Chelsea F.C. More recently, in October 2007, the power station was used as a filming location for the Batman movie The Dark Knight. It is known for its riverside park and its (now defunct) power station; in the mid-18th century it was the production site of Battersea enamelware. )[33] On 31 October 1983 production of electricity at Station B also ended, after nearly 30 years of operation. It appeared briefly in the story The Dalek Invasion of Earth in 1964, which saw the station in the 22nd century with two chimneys demolished, and a nearby nuclear reactor dome. [16][18] The total cost of its construction was £2,141,550. [32] The closure of the two stations was put down largely to the generating equipment becoming outdated, and the preferred choice of fuel for electricity generation shifting from coal toward oil, gas and nuclear power. The proposed 2-mile tunnelled extension would branch from the Northern line at Kennington and travel west to Nine Elms and Battersea. At an event at the station on 23 March 2009, it was announced that REO were to submit the planning application for their proposal to Wandsworth Council. [22] Battersea is one of a very small number of examples of this style of power station design still in existence in the UK, others being Uskmouth and Bankside. 020 3641 9494 Contact agent. The many fans of Battersea Power Station, a magnificent and daunting brick and steel structure built in two sections between 1929 and 1953, believe … Battersea A annual electricity output GWh. On 17 March 1975, the A Station was closed after being in operation for 40 years. The local economy has already been boosted by the retail and social buzz of Circus West Village – soon to be joined by Electric Boulevard, attracting visitors from … Battersea Power Station. [14], The London Power Company's first of these super power stations was planned for the Battersea area, on the south bank of the River Thames in London. [71] Video footage of the photoshoot was used in the promotional video for the song "Pigs on the Wing". AMONG the most efficient electric power stations in Europe, if not in the world, is the Battersea Power Station. In 1983 they held a competition for ideas on the redevelopment of the site. Enjoy some Christmas cheer with loved ones at the alpine themed Winter... Want to know more about the latest events, retailers or opportunities at Battersea Power Station? In May 2012, several bids were received for the landmark site, which was put on the market after Nama and Lloyds Banking Group called in loans held by Treasury Holdings' Real Estate Opportunities (REO). The station came into operation gradually between 1953 and 1955. [16] The A Station first generated electricity in 1933, but was not completed until 1935. What you see now is a majestic building looming up from the river. Combined, these gave the B station a generating capacity of 260 MW, making the site's generating capacity 503 MW. It used water and alkaline sprays over scrubbers of steel and timber in flue ducts. Cudds wrote a review Sep 2020. We want to ensure you that the health and well-being of those living, visiting and working at Battersea Power Station is our top priority. "Battersea A" was decommissioned in 1975. If sold, the new owner would have to have paid £500 million for the power station, including £325 million to cover the debts held by Nama and Lloyds, and a £100 million contribution to the Northern line extension. There were nine boilers in the A station and six in the B station. The station's existing chimneys would be utilised for venting steam. [7][43] REO subsequently announced that the previous plan by Parkview had been dropped and that it had appointed the practice of the Uruguayan-born architect Rafael Viñoly of New York as the new master planner for the site. The 42-acre mixed-used campus will become one of a handful of world-renowned exemplar projects where all involved can be proud of their association. [26] The B Station also had three turbo alternators, all made by Metropolitan-Vickers. [40] They also criticised how appropriate the project was in its location, and proposal of other large buildings on the site. The construction of the B Station brought the site's generating capacity up to 509 megawatts (MW), making it the third largest generating site in the UK at the time, providing a fifth of London's electricity needs (with the remainder supplied by 28 smaller stations). [35] The tower was quickly dropped from the scheme. Share. The apartments are sub-divided into the Switch House East, the Switch House West and the Boiler House Square, depending on the location. The complex was the collaboration between renowned London architects J. Theo Halliday and Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, the latter also being the creator of the city’s iconic red telephone boxes. Battersea B annual electricity output GWh. Jersey law firms, Ogier, Carey Olsen and Mourant Oxannes helped REO to raise funds for the new Battersea Power Station redevelopment. [55] The redevelopment of the site will use the existing Vinoly master plan which intends to position the Power Station as the central focus of the regenerated 40-acre site, housing a blend of shops, cafes, restaurants, art and leisure facilities, office space and residential accommodation. Please click on the banner at the top of the page for more information on how we are keeping you safe. [4] The structure remained largely unused for more than 30 years after its closure; in 2008 its condition was described as "very bad" by English Heritage, which included it in its Heritage at Risk Register. [20] It was also the most thermally efficient power station in the world when it opened. The LPC and its nationalised successors owned and operated several "flat-irons" for the service. The launch was delayed until the following day at 11 am. Please note that we currently have a reduced menu. [14] The building's gross dimensions measure 160 metres (520 ft) by 170 metres (560 ft), with the roof of the boiler house standing at over 50 metres (160 ft). [15], Construction of the first phase (the A Station) began in March 1929. It had an overhead gantry and a conveyor belt attached to the conveyor belt system for moving coal to the boiler rooms. The cover photograph showed the power station with the group's inflatable pink pig floating above it. Until the construction of the B Station, the eastern wall of the boiler house was clad in corrugated metal sheeting as a temporary enclosure. [59] Construction work on Phase 1, called Circus West, designed by architects SimpsonHaugh and dRMM, is being undertaken by Carillion and commenced in 2013 alongside work on the Power Station. 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