Battersea Power Station, London
Brought up in a highly industrial region of England, I grew to admire factories and working facilities in the same way that others might appreciate a stately home.
So, it will not be a surprise to hear that the magnificent Battersea Power Station, in London, has always been a favourite. This admiration was not affected by its decommissioning in the 70’s and 80’s.
I guess it was the four classical chimneys reaching up to the sky, for more than 100 metres, that I really enjoyed.
The symmetry being largely achieved because the two adjacent and separate power buildings, although built around 15 years apart (commencing 1929 and 1945, respectively) were based on the same set of plans.
It was one of the largest brick-based buildings in the world and was also the subject of some local protests from citizens fearing pollution. The authorities were forced to commit to a “clean and smokeless” output.
A nice piece of trivia is that the man who designed the power station was the same architect who designed the red post boxes so well loved by residents and visitors in the UK and the renowned Anglian Cathedral in Liverpool.
As most people may know already, the site is now being redeveloped for luxury flats, retail and business premises.
Whilst taking a boat ride down the River Thames, I saw that the site was in a transitional state from old to new application so I thought it would make a nice historical image.
Obviously, I am a little sad to see this building move from industrial to commercial usage but, as you can see in the photograph, it seems the fantastic outer structure is going to be protected or recreated thus preserving it’s iconic image.