From Derelict Coal-Fired Power Station to the swankiest address in London
What used to be a decommissioned coal-fired power station on south bank of London’s River Thames has now been emerged as the city’s most coveted addresses – 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 exceptionally beautiful residential units, business centres, corporate office spaces, community clubs, restaurants, bars, entertainment spaces and the finest global retail options – along with event spaces and over 19 acres of public space including a six-acre park.
The tech-giant Apple has already committed to move its UK Headquarter into Battersea Power Station, occupying 500,000 sq. ft. of office space in the central boiler house. And now after years of development and investment 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 complete, while the rest of the building is expected to complete in the following year of 2021.
Battersea Power Station will soon have more than 100 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 the London’s skyline.
Among other developments, the Northern Line extension is due to open from this autumn, with a new Zone One London Underground Station planned at the doorstep of Battersea Power Station to enhance the connectivity from, to and around London.
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, fitness centres and cinema. Phase 3 comprises of Electric Boulevard and development work at the third phase of the project will also be completed at faster pace.
Battersea Power Station is in ongoing process of regeneration – as with more and more numbers of elite people moving in the already completed phase and the shops and businesses opening in this rejuvenated area will become London’s great riverside destinations.