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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Battersea Power Station

The iconic, art deco Battersea Power Station on the south bank of the Thames in west London is one of the capital city's most famous landmarks.

A Grade II Listed Building, Battersea Power Station, is, in fact, two power stations built to an identical design: one in the 1930's and the other in the 1950's. Coal fired power generation at Battersea Power Station ceased in 1983.

Battersea Power Station, London

Battersea Power Station was designed by architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, who was responsible for the red telephone box and the Bankside Power Station, which now houses the Tate Modern.

Battersea Power Station remains the largest brick building in Europe and is known for its fine, art deco interior.

Since its closure in the 1980's, Battersea Power Station has been bought and sold a number of times but redevelopment of the site has been made difficult by the Grade II listing preservation order. The site is now owned by a Malaysian consortium and work on redevelopment is expected to begin this year.

Battersea Power Station, London

Battersea Power Station is close to Battersea Park and its Peace Pagoda, the Tate Gallery across the Thames, Chelsea Bridge, Cheyne Walk and George Eliot's house, Chelsea Physic Garden and Albert Bridge.

The Battersea Power Station has often appeared in popular culture, probably most famously as the album cover for Pink Floyd's Animals.

Battersea Power Station map

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