Battersea Power Station Redevelopment: Transforming an Iconic Landmark for a Vibrant Future

Posted on 17 August 2022

In the coming weeks, we will delve into an in-depth analysis of the UK's most notable infrastructure projects to ascertain their current status. Our comprehensive investigation will encompass Crossrail, Tideway, Hinkley Point C, the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station, the Stonehenge Tunnel, HS2, the Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme, and Birmingham's Big City Plan. Our next focus is on the Battersea Power Station redevelopment, an ambitious endeavour that aims to revitalise a long-neglected power station, which has stood abandoned for 39 years.

What is the Battersea Power station redevelopment?

The Battersea Power Station redevelopment is a transformative project taking place in London. With a budget of £8 billion, it involves a comprehensive seven-phase program to revitalize the decommissioned power station, which ceased operations in 1983. The redevelopment aims to breathe new life into the site, introducing over 3,000 residential homes and more than 100 contemporary retail and restaurant spaces.

Central to the project is the restoration of the 39-year-old power station, which will be fully renovated to generate clean energy utilising renewable fuels. A notable feature of the design is the reconstruction of the four chimneys, now incorporating a glass viewing platform that provides visitors with a panoramic 360-degree view of London.

The redevelopment initiative commenced with phase one, named Circus West, which commenced construction in 2013. This phase included the construction of a 17-story, 327-meter-long building, encompassing 753 new homes. Phase two, which began in 2014, focuses on the restoration of Battersea, introducing additional residential apartments, retail spaces, and other amenities.

Contractors involved in the project

History of the Battersea redevelopment

1983- Power station closes down

2003- The site is possessed by Parkview who starts a 31.1bn project to restore the building

2005- The four chimneys of the site are declared unsound and irreparable, plans to knock them down are met with opposition.

2006- Battersea us bought by Real Estate Opportunities at a cost of £400M

2010- project is approved by Wandsworth Council and Mayor of London

2011- Secretary of state approves project

2013- Construction for phase 1 of project begins

2014- Ferroival Agroman Laing O-Rourke are awarded with designing and building Northern Line extension to Battersea.

2016- An estimated £13M is given to a medical centre at Battersea

2020- Phase 3 receives recommendation for approval

2021- Battersea Power station Underground opens

2022 – Construction reaches practical completion

2022 – Power station opens to the public

2025- Predicted completion year

Where is Battersea redevelopment at currently?

Since its opening to the public last year, Battersea Power Station has become a thriving destination, attracting more than five million visitors and housing a vibrant array of over 20 new shops, eateries, and leisure venues. This iconic landmark has not only become a popular spot for locals and tourists alike, but it has also evolved into a hub of activity.

The power station has been bustling with events throughout the summer, providing an exciting and engaging experience for visitors. Furthermore, the shopping venue has successfully drawn in a diverse range of brands, further enhancing its appeal. With a continuous influx of new additions, Battersea Power Station remains an exciting and dynamic destination for all to explore and enjoy.

What’s Next?

By the end of 2023, the eagerly anticipated second phase of Foster + Partners' Battersea Roof Gardens will reach its completion. This remarkable development will encompass two prominent features: 50 Electric Boulevard, a state-of-the-art office building covering an expansive 200,000 square feet, and Koa at Electric Boulevard, an exquisite collection of 204 luxurious apartments. This ambitious project is set to further enhance the allure of Battersea, providing a harmonious blend of contemporary workspace and upscale residential living.

The Numbers

  • 25,000 people living and working at the redevelopment

  • £8bn predicted cost to restore the power station

  • The site covers 42 acres of land

  • 350,000 square feet of retail and restaurant areas.

Last week we looked at Hinkley Point C, a new low-carbon nuclear power station being built in Somerset.

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