Battersea Power Station’s Iconic Chimneys Receive Their First Lick Of Paint

On behalf of the shareholders, Battersea Power Station Development Company (BPSDC) is pleased to announce that the painting of Battersea Power Station’s iconic chimneys began today, marking a major milestone in the restoration programme.

A base coat will be applied to all four chimneys initially, with the South East chimney being the first to be painted. This will be done in conjunction with the final chimney, the North West, reaching full height. All chimneys are expected to have received a base coat by September 2017. A final coat will then be applied ensuring that all chimneys will age concurrently.

All four of Battersea Power Station’s chimneys have had to be painstakingly dismantled and rebuilt by specialist contractors. The decision to dismantle and rebuild the chimneys was taken 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.

Each new chimney will be visually identical to the original, the only difference being that the new chimneys will use a more modern pattern of steel reinforcement within the concrete. Paint scrapings from the original chimneys were taken to ensure the new paint colour is an exact match.

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, said:

“This is a key milestone for the project and we are proud of the progress that has been made on rebuilding the four chimneys which are world famous features of the London skyline. We are now a step closer to finishing the restoration of the Power Station and opening it up to the public for the first time. The residents who have already moved into Circus West Village, the first phase of the development, and the restaurants presently fitting out, do so with an iconic backdrop being restored to its former glory.”

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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Notes to editors:
  • Battersea Power Station is one of central London’s largest, most visionary and eagerly anticipated new developments in which roughly half the development comprises retail, shops, restaurants and office space – in addition there will be a six acre public park, town square and a new tube station (scheduled to be within Zone 1).
  • The Battersea Power Station project is 42 acres and includes 3.5m sq ft of mixed commercial accommodation together with c4,500 new homes.
  • The successful regeneration of Battersea Power Station will create 20,000 new jobs, inject £20bn into the UK economy and create a funding mechanism for the first major tube line extension since the Millennium.
  • The Battersea Power Station Foundation supports local charities and community projects, in its first year of operation, £1m in grants will have been awarded, and close to £2m will be awarded in 2017.
  • New home-owners started moving into the first phase, Circus West Village, in early 2017 and the first commercial tenants will be opening in summer 2017.
  • Battersea Power Station is owned by a consortium of Malaysian investors comprising S P Setia, Sime Darby and the Employees’ Provident Fund. Management of the development is being undertaken by British based Battersea Power Station Development Company.
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