Battersea Power Station takes shape as iconic chimneys are restored

News at Eden Harper | 07/06/2017

Battersea Power Station's four chimneys are being restored to their former glory three years after they were dismantled.

Battersea's most iconic building and the surrounding area is currently being redeveloped, and the project includes replacing the four chimneys. 

The original chimneys were demolished due to damage caused by sulphurous smoke fumes, but are now being recreated to look exactly like the originals to preserve the integrity and authenticity of the building. The chimneys will even be repainted in the same colour. 

As Wandsworth Council Leader Ravi Govindia, said: “These giant chimneys are recognised the world over."

She continued: "The site’s owners have understood their significance from day one and have gone to great lengths to restore them to their former glory."

Battersea Power Station has dominated the south London skyline for decades, and its regeneration has attracted much interest, including from Apple, which plans to move over 1,000 staff members into the building in the coming years. 

A lot is changing for Battersea at present, in addition to the redevelopment work at Nine Elms and the Battersea Power Station site. The Northern Line is set to be extended to Battersea, running from Kennington to two new tube stations: Battersea Power Station and Nine Elms. Since the Northern Line extension into Battersea was announced, property price values have increased in the area.  

Meanwhile the US Embassy will move later this year from its long-time home in Mayfair's Grosvenor Square to a new building at Nine Elms, and the Dutch Embassy also plans to move its operations there. 

Despite a slight fall in property prices in Nine Elms as a result of a new building oversupply, the Northern Line extension and continuing redevelopment is increasing the desirability of Battersea even more, especially in the eyes of those who want to be based in a well-connected part of central London. 

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