"Battersea Power Station" Battersea Power Station Tip by easyoar
Battersea Power Station, London: 2 reviews and 2 photos
Generally Power Stations are depised but tolerated as a necessary evil - we do after all need electricity, we don't necessarily need to like how it is made though! The building itself was designed by Sir Giles Scott. Scott also designed other well known London landmarks including Waterloo Bridge and the old red telephone boxes you still see dotted around.
Surprisingly, considering how symmetrical it looks, Battersea Power Station was not all built at once. The first half was built as one turbine hall and two chimneys. This was completed in 1933. The second half, which also comprised a turbine hall and two chimneys was added in 1953. Looking at it now, you would never know!
Battersea stopped producing electricity in 1982, and the initial plan was for Alton Towers (a rollercoaster park) to turn it into an entertainment site. However money ran out. The current plan is to turn it into Hotels, apartments, offices and leisure areas. I believe the building to be listed (i.e. it is protected and can't be pulled down), so all of this will be built inside what you see here.
Battersea Power Station is also famous for its links to Pink Floyd, apparently one of their gigs was so loud that the Power Station could not produce enough energy to keep up with them. Actually no, the real reason it is associated with them is that it featured on their album cover "Animals" along with a flying pig (and pigs might fly, but this bit really is true).
Address: 188 Kirtling St, London SW8 5BN,
Directions: Probably the Tube to Sloane Square and then walk across Chelsea Bridge
Phone: +44 20 7501 0688
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