Powering on in Battersea
Bringing an iconic London landmark back to life after 35 years
Battersea Power Station - Phase 2 Project summary
Battersea Power Station Development Company
Wilkinson Eyre Architects, Turner and Townsend, Buro Happold, Purcell
- Start date
- August 2017
Since it was decommissioned in 1983 Battersea Power Station has stood derelict on the south bank of the River Thames. Renowned for its four chimneys and art deco design, the iconic Grade II* listed building is undergoing a massive transformation that will see it restored as a mixed-use development, creating over 25,000 jobs.
This complex project, that will open the building and riverside to the public for the first time, will see Battersea Power Station retain its unique historical features as it is given a new 21st century purpose.
Having worked on early preparatory works, including the rebuilding of the chimneys, Mace was well placed to take over in August 2017 as construction manager for Phase 2 of the redevelopment – transforming the Power Station, and building an energy centre and six acre public riverside park.
As the cornerstone of the entire regeneration project, the Power Station will include approximately 100 new retail, food and beverage units, as well as a 2,000 capacity events venue and unique chimney lift experience. The Power Station will also provide c.500,000 sq ft of new office space which will be home to Apple’s new London Campus, and will include 253 new residential homes.
points of note
The peregrine falconsThe site is home to two peregrine falcons - the fastest animal on Earth. We relocated the peregrines’ original nesting site in one of the Power Station’s old wash towers to a new purpose built tower nearby at a cost of over £100,000. Since the move they have successfully raised a number of chicks.
Sensitively restoring and conserving
We are working closely with Heritage England to bring this Grade II* listed building back to life, sensitively refurbishing and reusing materials wherever possible. We are using innovative measures on-site, including sand and ice-blasting - rediscovering old techniques for the 21st century.
Assessing and reducing emissions on siteOur sustainability team is working with King's College London, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, and other partners on innovative research on the issue of diesel and particulate emissions from our supply chain's construction vehicles.
Creating jobs and building skills for local people
Opening up employment opportunities for local people on the site is a priority for Mace and the Battersea Power Station Development Company. We are working closely with Wandsworth Council and our supply chain and have successfully taken a number of previously unemployed people though a comprehensive skills and training programme, leading to jobs on the construction site.
Clean sky thinking
We are well underway building the new underground energy centre which will provide heating and cooling for the entire Battersea Power Station development area. It will utilise two of the iconic chimneys which will, once again, discharge into London’s sky – yet, rather than smoke, it will be pollution free water vapour.
Looking after our people
Our colleagues benefit from access to an on-site nursing team in a purpose built medical centre. The nurses can treat minor injuries, illnesses and manage emergency situations. They also focus on educating workers and the local community on health and wellbeing.