After almost forty years since the Grade II listed building was decommissioned, the new-look Battersea Power Station officially opened its doors to the public on October 14, 2022.
McBains representatives were lucky enough to attend the exclusive pre-launch event thanks to our involvement as project monitoring surveyors since 2013.
The iconic power station forms the centrepiece of a 42-acre regeneration site bought by a consortium of Malaysian investors in 2012, with the two vast turbine halls now filled with over 100 shops and restaurants.
The building’s ‘Control Room A’ is now available to hire as a private events space and ‘Control Room B’ has opened as a bar, whilst the original boiler house has been converted to office space and is the home of Apple’s new UK headquarters.
The redevelopment of the power station provides 254 new homes, including eighteen luxury ‘sky villas’ set amongst roof terraces and gardens.
The scheme also features a cinema, gym, spa, theatre and glass elevator know as ‘Lift 109’ which transports visitors the 109 metres up the north-west chimney for panoramic views across London. All four chimneys were painstakingly dismantled and rebuilt during the project.
Coinciding with the launch, a new pedestrianised high street connecting the power station with a new underground station has opened. Electric Boulevard offers a mix of bars, restaurants, shops and offices, together with a new hotel, park and community hub.
Richard Davies, Director at McBains commented: “We were very fortunate to start work for the lenders on this iconic development in 2013. The challenges are too many to recall but the Battersea team, design team and contractors overcame each challenge with skill, dedication and a shared vision. The result is a truly unique building. We are very proud to have been involved in the journey alongside the lending team and look forward to it becoming a vibrant destination”.
McBains has provided project monitoring services to a consortium of funders for Phases 1, 2 and 3 of works on the iconic, Grade II* listed Power Station since 2013.
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