Battersea Power Station will be taking part in London Open House this year, opening its doors to the public on 21st and 22nd September 2013, between 11am and 4pm each day.
Visitors will be able to follow a walking route around the site, starting in the 2.5 acre Pop Up Park on the riverside before leading through to what remains of the vast central Boiler House and finally exiting via the cavernous 1950’s Turbine Hall B on the eastern flank of the building.
The event will be free to attend. No pre-registration is required, although last admittance will be at 3pm. Access will be available via the footpath underneath Grosvenor Bridge Railway, SW8 4NN. There is no parking available on-site. The nearest train stations are Sloane Square, Vauxhall, Queenstown Road and Battersea Park, and the bus routes are 44, 137 and 344.
This is the first time Battersea Power Station has taken part in London Open House and is the culmination of a summer that has seen the owners of the site hosting a series of public events at the site, including Chelsea Fringe Festival and the recent Holi Festival which attracted over 14,000 visitors.
After London Open House work will begin on the restoration of the Grade 2* listed building, which is widely recognised as one of the finest examples of art deco industrial architecture.
When the Power Station has been renovated it will be open to the public on a permanent basis. The renovation will coincide with the completion of the new tube stop at Battersea Power Station served by an extension of the Northern Line.
Rob Tincknell, CEO of Battersea Power Station Development Company, said:
“We’re very proud that Battersea Power Station will be a part of this year’s London Open House celebrations. The Power Station has been one of London’s most iconic buildings for several decades now and this will be a tremendous opportunity for members of the public to get a close-up look inside the main part of the Power Station before restoration work gets underway.”
Battersea Power Station
The Rafael Viñoly designed mixed-use master plan comprises a careful blend of residential, offices, shops, leisure and hospitality. The iconic Battersea Power Station, a Grade II* listed building, will form the central focus of the plans and will be carefully restored with public accessibility at its core.
The 39-acre site overlooks over 400 metres of London’s famous River Thames, is directly opposite Chelsea and less than a mile and a half from the Houses of Parliament. According to Prime Minister David Cameron, it is the ‘jewel in the crown’ of central London’s significant regeneration area, Nine Elms on London’s South Bank.
The Power Station site is designated as a new town centre for the area, with a new High Street, town square and tube station which will be served by the Northern Line Extension of the London Underground. Battersea Power Station is contributing £200m to the NLE, which was guaranteed by the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne in the Budget of November 2013, and is due to commence construction in 2015. The redevelopment will deliver a genuine mix of residential, retail and recreational opportunities alongside riverside landscaping and space for the arts.
The Battersea Power Station site is owned by a consortium of Malaysian investors comprising S P Setia, Sime Darby and the Employees’ Provident Fund. The development management of the project is being undertaken by British based, Battersea Power Station Development Company. Battersea Power Station received outline Planning Consent in August 2011. Phase One received detailed planning consent from The London Borough of Wandsworth on 13th December 2012.
In April 2013 Battersea Power Station opened a 2.5-acre Pop-Up Park which is open every weekend between now and September, events and construction schedules allowing. The Pop-Up Park is a temporary facility which will ultimately be replaced with a larger, six acre permanent park on the riverside.
Source : Company