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Battersea Power Station set for revamp

Battersea Power Station set for revamp
Battersea Power Station is set to be transformed under new renovation plans.

Wilkinson Eyre Architects has unveiled images of what the £600 million refurbishment of the famous building will entail. There is a huge focus on being able to open up the turbine halls to the public from 2019 and members of the community will be invited to a consultation over the coming days.

The company explained a number of the main features that will be included once the renovated building is opened to the public. First, the proposals include open, unobstructed turbine halls designed for visitors to experience the "cavernous presence of each turbine hall". This will include a number of cafes, shops and restaurants.

Wilkinson Eyre has highlighted the chimneys as being the most prominent part of the structure and aims to accentuate these views by creating a full height void. This will give views of the chimneys from the ground floor inside the building. There has also been plans put forward to create a central atrium and public viewing platform where people can enjoy panoramic views of London.

The future of Battersea Power Station had been subject of heightened debate with a number of different organisations put plans forward to transform the iconic structure. One of these was Chelsea Football Club, which wanted to create a new football stadium around Battersea yet still keeping the structure intact. Their hopes were dashed when a Malaysian consortium made up of SP Setia, Sime Darby and the Employees' Pension Fund of Malaysia purchased the site.

Speaking about the renovation work, Rob Tincknell, chief executive officer for Battersea Power Station Development Company, said: "It’s really important to everyone involved in this incredible project that we get the restoration and future use of the Power Station exactly right.

"We feel that what we are proposing retains and respects the integrity of this historic landmark whilst also creating vibrant living, working and recreational space that this part of London needs. The scheme that we are proposing will see the building restored, opened up to the public and safeguarded for future generations.”

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Date: 04/11/2013 16:07:00

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