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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, 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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  • It is amazing, it's called a lot of attention for its size, but the most incríveil thing is looking at the live cover of the album "Animals". As mentioned by a colleague here above: "is the Abbey Road of Pink Floyd".
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  • We went to see this factory iconized on the Pink Floyd animals album and what a disappointment to discover work... it should become the new megacity cultural and commercial London hope that architect will be able to retain the originality of this factory by the fans
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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...  more »
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  • Known worldwide because it was featured on a Pink Floyd's album cover. A must see, before it gets converted into luxury apartments
  • I really like battersea power station and i live in battersea
  • Truly iconic building. Sadly you cannot get close.
  • 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.
  • Battersea Power Station marks a history which should be visited.