Brick by brick: Reviving a London landmark – Building an iconic neighbourhood
How challenging can it be to restore the largest brick building in Europe? Battersea Power Station is the world-renowned regeneration project that is bringing back to life the iconic London landmark while surrounding it with a beautiful neighbourhood for Londoners to be proud of.
Honored to deliver this project, the development company’s mission is to preserve the cultural heritage of the building while creating a new and exciting meeting point for future generations to cherish.
Battersea Power Station
Originally designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, WilkinsonEyre was appointed in 2013 to refurbish the iconic Grade II* listed Battersea Power Station. Respecting the integrity of the historic landmark while advancing the legacy to include a new state-of-the-art events space, shops, restaurants and cafés, as well as large open-plan office spaces and a series of villas, apartments and penthouses is WilkinsonEyre’s extraordinary mission.
Sebastien Ricard, Director at WilkinsonEyre, said: “An attention to detail and respect for the historic industrial nature of the building fabric has been paramount in the formulation of the new architecture at Battersea Power Station. WilkinsonEyre has been working closely with Purcell, BPSDC, Historic England, and Wandsworth Council to restore the building to its original glory.
“Being able to achieve the true like-for-like repairs by reusing the original brick blends and pointing is essential to this approach.” Ricard underlined.
Brickwork at the Power Station
Six million bricks were used in the original building of the Power Station with seven different types of bricks being used inside and out. To restore the Power Station, 1.75 million more handmade bricks will be created to match the originals.
Northcote will provide the 1.3 million bricks to restore parts of the Power Station built in the 1930s and 1940s. They will also create two bespoke varieties of “Battersea Blend” bricks and will have a team of five brickmakers blending and packing the bricks by hand. Additionally, 430,000 bricks from Blockleys will be used on the final parts of the building dating from the 1950s.
Apple's HQ at Battersea Power Station
Set to reopen in 2021, The Power Station will have a mixture of office space – the vast majority of which has been taken by Apple as their UK campus, stunning new homes, an event venue and a huge retail space housing a collection of British and international brands as well as a food hall.
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