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30 Aug 2017

Battersea Power Station Chimney Painting

Painting of the four iconic chimneys at Battersea Power Station

30 August 2017 – Battersea Power Station (BPS) is pleased to confirm that the painting of all four chimneys is now complete, earlier than expected. All four chimneys received a base coat and final coat of paint in the exact colour the originals were painted in to ensure they are visually identical.

The painted south west and south east chimneys of Battersea Power Station:
Battersea Power Station Chimney Painting |
photo : Anthony Coleman VIEW Photography

All four of Battersea Power Station’s chimneys had to be painstakingly dismantled and rebuilt, following completion of detailed surveys, very close consultation and engagement with Historic England and the London Borough of Wandsworth, both of which have been fully supportive throughout the process of restoring the chimneys to their former glory.

The chimneys have been one of the key priorities for the Malaysian shareholders of the Battersea Power Station project given their historical and cultural significance. The shareholders take their custodial duties of preserving and maintaining these renowned landmarks for future generations to come very seriously.

Rob Tincknell, CEO of Battersea Power Station Development Company, commented:
“It is wonderful to see the chimneys, which have become a permanent fixture on the London skyline, freshly painted and the finishing touches applied. This is a great opportunity to thank the BPS team, the specialist contractor and everyone else who was involved in ensuring one of the most important parts of the redevelopment project was successfully completed.”

Cllr Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council, said:
“An exciting new skyline is developing at Battersea but it is fantastic to see our old friends, the Power Station chimneys, restored to their former glory: a proud landmark for Wandsworth and for London.

Rebuilding the chimneys as exact replicas was a key condition of the overall planning application so it’s great the pledge has already come good, ahead of schedule.”

Emily Gee, London Planning Director at Historic England, said:
“Historic England welcomes this final stage of the rebuilding of the chimneys, ensuring that the Power Station will retain its landmark status along this evolving part of London’s skyline.”

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Battersea Power Station Chimney Rebuild

Battersea Power Station’s Iconic Chimneys Rebuild Complete Using Original Methods
Battersea Power Station Chimney Rebuild work |
photo : Ashton Keiditsch
Battersea Power Station Chimney Rebuild
Battersea Power Station’s four iconic chimneys have been rebuilt using the same construction technique as when they first graced London’s skyline.

27 Jun 2013

Battersea Power Station Chimneys Refurb

New sequence proposed for chimney rebuild

The Battersea Power Station Development Company has applied for permission to change the sequence in which the listed building’s chimneys are rebuilt. Back in 2011 Wandsworth Council and English Heritage approved plans for each of the decayed chimneys to be rebuilt after successive engineering studies showed all four were beyond repair.

A legal agreement between the council and the sites owner stipulates that they must be rebuilt one at a time.

The new application – called a deed of variation – proposes a change to the legal agreement so that the first chimney could be rebuilt on its own, then the remaining three would be rebuilt at the same time.

Battersea Power Station proposal
picture of the Battersea Power Station proposals

A new safeguard would also be added to the legal agreement which requires the developer to provide a bond for the full value of the chimney works contract before the project can get underway. The council could use this bond to pay for the completion of the project if for any reason the developer failed to finish. No changes are being proposed to the design of the chimneys which would be constructed according to the original architecture plans so that they match the appearance of the originals.

The development company estimates that changing the sequence of the chimney works would mean the power station restoration project could be completed two years earlier.

Council planners are now examining the application in detail. A final decision on whether to approve the proposals will be made by the council’s planning applications committee.

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View the application online at – reference number 2013/3076.

Battersea Power Station

Battersea Power Station is a privately owned Grade II* Listed Building which has reached a dangerous state of disrepair. It was decommissioned almost 30 years and is now on the English Heritage Buildings at Risk Register.

Battersea Power Station building London on Thames
photograph © Nick Weall

In 2011 Wandsworth Council and English Heritage approved plans to restore Battersea Power Station and replace its four severely decayed chimneys which are approaching the end of their intended lifespan and are beyond repair.

The project, which is backed by the Mayor of London and the UK Government, will see each chimney rebuilt using the same material (reinforced concrete) and working to the original architectural plans. Their appearance will be as close to the original as possible.

The damaged structure of the power station building will be restored, including repairs to the external brickwork, washtowers, the steel frame and the windows. As a listed building project, the work will be strictly specified and monitored to ensure an accurate historical match with the original features.

Once structurally secured, the building will be refurbished to create a vast mixed use complex including exhibition spaces, galleries, shops, leisure facilities, bars, cafes and restaurants. The surviving heritage features within the buildings interior will be restored and preserved.

Battersea Power Station London across River Thames
photo © Nick Weall

Chimney condition

All four chimneys, which are made from layers of reinforced concrete, have deep cracks in many places and fragmented surfaces. There are also splits between the layers of concrete which make up the chimney structures.

They are now approaching the end of their intended lifespan and tests show that the concrete now has high chloride content, is carbonated in places and the steel reinforcements are corroded.

Following successive engineering studies Wandsworth Council and English Heritage agree that none of the chimneys could be repaired to a lasting and safe standard. The risk of concrete falling is too great and they would need an unrealistic level of on-going maintenance and repair to prevent them from deteriorating. As a result there are related public safety issues and potential difficulties in obtaining adequate insurance.

Exiting project safeguards

The planning applications approved in 2011 already includes a series of conditions designed to ensure the restoration of the power station building is prioritised and completed. These include:

• The site owners cannot start work on the first phase of the development project until a full contract has been let for the rebuilding of the chimneys.
• The site owners cannot start work on other phases of the development project until certain milestones in the restoration of the power station and its chimneys are reached.
• Other parts of the development project cannot be occupied until certain milestones in the restoration of the power station and its chimneys are reached.

Location: 188 Kirtling Street, Battersea, London, UK

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