From Derelict Coal-Fired Power Station to the swankiest address in London
What used to be a decommissioned coal-fired power station on the south bank of London’s River Thames has now been emerged as the city’s most coveted address – not just for living but for working and enjoying, too. Since inception, London’s skyline was dominated by the revolutionary red-bricks building and its distinctive chimneys – making it one of the iconic landmarks.
Defying all regeneration plans, the Grade II listed building remained empty until 2014, after which the 42-acre former industrial and monumental development was transformed into a thriving community. It boasts exceptionally beautiful residential units, business centres, corporate office spaces, community clubs, restaurants, cafes, bars, entertainment spaces and the finest global retail options – along with a 1,400-capacity event space and over 19 acres of public space including a six-acre park. Now, the legendary landmark is a place to work, live, enjoy, shop, eat and drink. Battersea Power Station offers an exceptional lifestyle like none other in London.
Not just the superlative power station but the entire neighbourhood is being reimagined to add more to the already thriving quarter on River Thames. Circus West Village, the first phase of the mega-development has already been completed and handed over to the residents. More than 1,500 people have been residing there surrounded by a number of leisure amenities including cafés, restaurants, bars, fitness centres, shops, and cinema. With the completion of Electric Boulevard, there will be an array of retail brands and leisure options for a whole new experience.
A new Tube Station is opened at the doorstep of Battersea Power Station to enhance the connectivity from, to and around London. The £1.1 billion project added two new tube stations to put south London on the Tube map. Both step-free Zone 1 stations are this century’s first major extension project in London. Battersea Power Station is now just a 15 minute direct ride from central London and the west end.
Now after years of development and investment of around £9 billion, the main Power Station building is opened to its first residents. Switch House (West) is the first major section of the main Power Station to be completed, and the homeowners are handed over the keys to their new homes in the Grade II listed building.
Following the completion of Switch House (West), Switch House (East) is also completed. With its completion, the development has set off for a new journey, as the main power station building is in the final stages of transformation. Battersea Power Station has started welcoming the new residents into this part of the development. The management has planned to speed up the development work on the main Boiler House to complete it in the coming months.
The tech-giant Apple that committed to move its UK Headquarters into Battersea Power Station, has started the fit-out of its office space – in order to make it ready for the employees. The company is the largest tenant, occupying 500,000 sq. ft. of office space in the central boiler house, spread over six floors.
Battersea Power Station will soon have more than 250 shops, bars, restaurants and recreational spaces, ahead of its official opening to the public. Amongst leisure offerings, the best will be the Chimney Lift Experience, where a glass elevator will transport visitors 109 metres up inside one of the four iconic (replica) glass chimneys, at the top to enjoy unobstructed views of London’s skyline.
Phase 3 comprises of Prospect Place, a high street known as Electric Boulevard, and a 160-room hotel. The development work at the third phase of the project is assured to be completed at a faster pace.
Battersea Power Station is in an ongoing process of regeneration – and with more and more numbers of elite people moving in the already completed phase and the shops and businesses opening in this rejuvenated area, it is all set to become London’s great riverside destination.