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Battersea Power Station

 

Industrial power


Battersea Power Station is an enormous British industrial icon. Back in the 1950s steam would billow from its four chimneys, plumes of smoke evaporating into London's smoggy atmosphere. This giant structure resides on the edge of the Thames in Battersea, South West London, encapsulating an era no longer in existence. It comprises two individual power stations, built in two stages in the form of a single building. Battersea A Power Station was built in the 1930s, with Battersea B Power Station to the east in the 1950s. The two stations were built to a nearly identical design, providing the long recognised four-chimney layout. The station ceased generating electricity in 1983, but over the past 50 years it has become one of the most well known landmarks in London. Today the building has inspired a new vision. The iconic power station is currently undergoing major construction work and is scheduled to be finished in 2019. It will become a place where homes, workspaces, shops, restaurants, cafés and cultural venues combine with 18 acres of new public space.