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Battersea Power Station, London

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Tourist Spots
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3.9/5 based on 75 reviews on the web
Battersea Power Station is a decommissioned coal-fired power station located on the south bank of the River Thames, in Nine Elms, Battersea, an inner-city district of South West London. It comprises two individual power stations, built in two stages in the form of a single building. Battersea A Power Station was built in the 1930s, with Battersea B Power Station to the east in the 1950s. The two stations were built to a nearly identical design, providing the long-recognized four-chimney layout. The station ceased generating electricity in 1983, but over the past 50 years it has become one of the best known landmarks in London and is Grade II* listed. The station's celebrity owes much to numerous popular culture references, which include the cover art of Pink Floyd's 1977 album Animals and its appearance in the 1965 Beatles' film, Help!.The station is one of the largest brick buildings in the world and is notable for its original, lavish Art Deco interior fittings and decor. The building has remained largely unused since its closure and the condition of the structure has been described as "very bad" by English Heritage, which included it in its Heritage at Risk Register. The site was also listed on the 2004 World Monuments Watch by the World Monuments Fund.
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  • These two coal-fired power stations, built in 1930, were among the largest brick buildings in the world. It became an iconic building due to its numerous references in the popular culture, such is the...  read more »
  • The apartments were all sold off plan to mainly offshore investors but l can't wait for the site to reopen to the public and see what the architects have done with the interior. The large chimneys are...  read more »
  • I gave a high rating just because I love deeply this central, for me a symbol of Pink Floyd. I visited closely because I was baffled by the buildings they are doing as part of its restructuring. Of the 4 smokestacks she was only one and I hope, is only because they are rebuilding.
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  • I really like battersea power station and i live in battersea
  • Known worldwide because it was featured on a Pink Floyd's album cover. A must see, before it gets converted into luxury apartments
  • Iconic image of London's past and will hopefully remain as part of the sky line for many more years. Visited here as part of Open House London a few years ago and inside was a great site to behold. The engine rooms are a true near pristine relic. as it's a location used in feature films in the last few years, it's likeness is very recognisable as you wander through.
  • Managed to get a tour around the site and what they are planning to do is incredible. A complete regeneration of the area is much needed and that's exactly what is planned. the power station itself will become a new hub consisting of high end retailers, restaurant (retaining the control room with the dials) with residential flats on the upper sections. Further around the site will be residential flats and further shops and parkland. It's very ambitious but building work is already underway.
  • Such an iconic building. Worth a tour if you can get one!
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