BPDC announces restoration plans

battersea phase one oct 2012Battersea Power Station Development Company has announced that the restoration work to the Grade II listed Power Station will commence in October 2013.

The start date coincides with the 30 year anniversary of the power being turned off. The restoration of the Power Station building and chimneys is expected to complete in 2016.

The programme will commence with an initial £100m package of repair works, which will lead to the comprehensive renovation of the exterior of the Power Station building. This first phase of the works involves repairs to the external brickwork, wash towers, the steel frame, windows and the replacement of the four chimneys, which will be reconstructed.

BPDC has appointed Buro Happold and Purcell to provide structural engineering and façade repairs advice. Wilkinson Eyre Architects has been appointed to complete the detailed design. Gardiner & Theobald is appointed as the repairs cost consultant, and Turner & Townsend is the project manager for the repairs.

Commenting on the restoration programme the Chief Executive of Battersea Power Station Development Company, Rob Tincknell, said: “Battersea Power Station is at the heart of this exciting new community, giving it an identity and authenticity unique among London developments. We have assembled an outstanding team to handle the restoration of this iconic building.”

The Power Station is one of the largest brick buildings in Europe and one of the most significant surviving examples of Art Deco architecture in the world. The restoration work will be done in conjunction with English Heritage and London Borough of Wandsworth and working to the original architectural plans used at the time of construction over eighty years ago.

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