Battersea Power Station

Discussion in 'London and the South East' started by Donna Ferentes, Jul 5, 2005.

  1. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    Just got back today - you are allowed to take photos of the building, but not the art.

    It was great going inside there - fantastic ghost of a building - really suited to the Chinese art work - if you've ever been to a communist country you'll get the link well.

    I cant help but feel that the redevelopment of the Station is going to be a money-pit/white elephant. When you see what state it is in, and how hard its going to be to save what remains... no easy task.

    Does anyoen know how it got be in the state it is in now? Its clearly been gutted - how come they stopped at the stage it is at now?

    P>S> one oft he exhibits is thousands of apples rotting - worth going towards the end of the run (NOV) when teh apples will really be mush!

    Oh, and it was no problem not having pre-booked, even on a sunny sunday, although everyoen had to queue for about half and hour.
  2. arronsmith

    arronsmith New Member

    I went to visit today - really cool to see it. Cost me a fiver, but a fiver well spent.

    Shitty cameraphone pictures at , if anyone is /really/ that interested.

    Sadly, they don't let you anywhere near the switchgear, some of which is still present according to one of the people working there.

    Didn't think much of the art, but that wasn't why I went, and it doesn't get in the way of the power station at all (because you'd need a /lot/ of art to do that). The architecture is amazing. Some really ornate little balconys dotted around, which surprised me.

    They even give you bikes to ride around on.

    Well worth the fiver.

    As an aside, those who enjoyed this would probably appreciate The Wapping Project (Hydraulic Power station (back in the day, high pressure water mains used to power industrial equipment/lifts etc in London, this was one of the pumping station)). It's now a trendy bar/art gallery, but they've left a lot of the big old machinery there.
  3. newbie

    newbie undisambiguated

    Rats, that's a real shame, we saw the control room when it was open years ago during the so-called consultation before they trashed it. Absolutely fantastic.

    I'm hoping to get there tomorrow, what are the queues like?
  4. arronsmith

    arronsmith New Member

  5. BadlyDrawnGirl

    BadlyDrawnGirl Piano Tuna

    I say bring back the pig. :cool:
  6. oryx

    oryx Sitting on the bock of the day

    Went to this on Sunday, as I think it may be the last chance to see inside the Power Station before it becomes a huge building site/accessible only to nobs with money/demolished (delete depending on degree of cynicism).

    IMHO the art isn't really worth seeing unless you have a penchant for obscure video installations. It is worth the six quid to see inside the Power Station, though it is now well & truly gutted & derelict (or at least all the bits that were open were). :(

    Niksativa, it got to be in this state because it was acquired in the mid-80s by a property developer who started work on it then went bust (AFAIK). It has been acquired for development again by another property company, earmarked for luxury flats, hotels, retail etc.
  7. Sunray

    Sunray Its sunny somewhere.

    I met this guy the other day that works for a charity called 20th Century Society. Set up to defend building built in the, surprisingly, in the 20th Century.

    He was saying that the land had been acquired by a Chinese developer called Wang. Its a 1.5 billion development.

    They had challenged his planning application because his structural engineers had said that the chimneys had to come down and they saw that that might be a sneeky way to get rid of them.

    The base of the chimneys have concrete cancer. So they have got him to agree to take two down and repair the base and he cannot take any more down until he has put one back. Its going to cost 100 million quid to repair them. Work is due in January.

    If they fuck that up, they will have spoilt London's most recognisable landmarks.
  8. DeadManWalking

    DeadManWalking Well-Known Member

    All set to go there this afternoon with my camera, not only has the sun gone in but it's only open Thurs to Sunday
  9. behemoth

    behemoth Buy Urban75 on Ebay

    Sometimes buildings outlive their usefulness.

    Pull it down and build some affordable low rise housing.

    I think it is an ugly monstrosity.
  10. ELO

    ELO Banned Banned

    That is an awful lot of money to spend. I love old buildings, and old houses, but 100 million for a chimney that isn't going to be used? :eek:
  11. tim

    tim Well-Known Member

    The developers, Carillon, of the latest version of the future seem to be in trouble with huge losses, profit warnings, and resignations. The place is like a venus fly-trap for over- ambitious visionary capitalists. It warms the cockles of the my heart.
  12. editor

    editor hiraethified

    You can barely see the power station for all the horrid glass lifestyle apartments they've now surrounded the place with.
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  13. RoyReed

    RoyReed Must fly!

    This ^^

    There's a total lack of respect in the architecture of the buildings that surround the power station. They've completely cut off the view of the power station from Chelsea Bridge - you can just see the tops of the four chimneys above the roof-line of the apartment blocks (see the view here). The only place you can get a clear view now is from the north bank of the river. They should be ashamed of what they've done to one of London's most iconic buildings.
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  14. oryx

    oryx Sitting on the bock of the day

    Yes, I noticed that the other day - you used to get a lovely view of the Power Station over the tree tops in Battersea Park. :(
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  15. hash tag

    hash tag member

    After years of discussion, failed plans Etc. at least something is being done and it has been saved sighs...
    I am surprised that no one has mentioned the chopping of the affordable housing in the developement by nearly 50% (there wasn't much in the first place), but I guess it was no surprise; the good folk who won't live down there don't want affordable housing occupiers down there Mayor of London brands Wandsworth Council ‘shameful’ for decision on affordable homes at Battersea Power Station
  16. Bahnhof Strasse

    Bahnhof Strasse A-wob a-bob bob

    That's just so fucking standard it's not worth commenting on any more.

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  17. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist slowtime

    remember when the first council housing was built some of the reactions to it. It really did have to be forced over the wailing of local bourgoisie in some places. The cunts. One place even payed and built a wall to block of the new estate so they din't have to look at it.
  18. Artaxerxes

    Artaxerxes Well-Known Member

    I like how the definition of "affordable" has stretched higher and higher beyond reach.
  19. RoyReed

    RoyReed Must fly!

    Well it is called Kuala Lumpur on Thames now to match with Dubai on Thames a bit further downstream at Nine Elms so I suppose we shouldn't be surprised by anything that happens there. Many of the flats that were bought off-plan and still haven't been finished are being sold already for massive profits.
  20. hash tag

    hash tag member

    The bastards that move in to there won't like it when the protests start happening outside the American Embassy just across the road :D:thumbs:
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  21. editor

    editor hiraethified

  22. kabbes

    kabbes "A top 400 poster"

    I miss Donna Ferrentes
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  23. hash tag

    hash tag member

  24. Leafster

    Leafster From the FRow

  25. pesh

    pesh Well-Known Member

    if you come into Victoria from SE London you use the tracks closest to the flats, it always amazes me to think just how much money they’ve paid to live like Elwood Blues.
  26. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Here's how it looked a couple of weeks ago. You can barely see any of the power station from some angles now.

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  27. hash tag

    hash tag member

    BTB you can walk quite close/through the middle of it should you wish. There is a road going through it; is it pump house lane?
    The logistics of the construction are amazing. They must have the monopoly of the UK's cranes.
    The last time I looked, it did not look like it was going to be ready for a good year or two.
    With regards to being able to see it; I suppose we should be grateful it has been saved after all its future has been in doubt for 40 maybe 50 years
  28. Leafster

    Leafster From the FRow

    I've just been re-reading the thread. I went to the same exhibition as oryx and ska invita back in 2006. I wasn't bothered with the artwork, I just wanted to look at the building.

    Here's a few photos of it back in 2006. It was massive close up but once inside you could see just how badly it had decayed.






    I even tried to sneak a photo of those rotten apples but caught after just one shot.

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  29. hash tag

    hash tag member

    Did you keep a little "souvenir"?
  30. Leafster

    Leafster From the FRow

    Although there was plenty of rubble, none of it was accessible, even if I'd thought of it at the time.

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