Saturday, July 12, 2008

A New Energy for London: Battersea Power Station

With own pictures :)

"Visitors are flocking in their thousands to London’s newest and most unlikely tourist attraction – the derelict Battersea Power Station – which, due to popular demand, will be open during the London Festival of Architecture on Saturday 12th and Saturday 19th July from 10am - 6pm.

Members of the public can look inside the main Boiler House and Turbine Hall of the power station as part of a free, self-guided walk around the site.

In the ten days since the developer Treasury Holdings, on behalf of the owner Real Estate Opportunities Limited, commenced a programme of public consultation on its £4bn development masterplan to save the iconic power station, more than 2,500 people have visited the power station and an exhibition which explains the proposals.

The masterplan will provide approximately 8 million square feet (750,000 square metres) of residential, office and retail space. There will be a six-acre public park, a riverside walk and an urban square. The development will be home to around 7,000 people and up to 20,000 new jobs will be created.

£150 million will be spent on saving and repairing Sir Giles Gilbert Scott's 1930s power station, with the key historic spaces retained and open to the public. It will be developed to incorporate hotel, cinema, retail and residential uses and a new Energy Museum.

The power station will once again produce power with a new combined cooling, heat and power plant, but will use biofuels, waste and other renewable energy sources. Two of the existing power station's chimneys will be reused as water vapour flues for this new Energy Centre.

Rob Tincknell, Managing Director of Treasury Holdings UK, said: “The public’s response has been overwhelming and just shows how much interest there is in this building and our plans to bring it back to life. The views expressed by visitors have also been very encouraging with more than 70 per cent telling us that they approved of our proposals for the power station and surrounding area. We look forward to welcoming many more people to the site.”

Image caption:
On Monday (7 July) the power station was lit up by a projection beaming the "Power to the People" message. The image is an echo of the famous pink pig on the sleeve of Pink Floyd’s 1977 Animals album – but in 2008 the pig is green, recognising the fact that the proposed development will be zero carbon."

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