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Battersea Power Station redevelopment prepares for autumn opening

Tom Shearsmith
07 July 2022

Battersea Power Station has today announced "practical completion" of the Grade II listed Power Station building, following eight years of transformational restoration.

The announcement marks a major milestone as the globally renowned landmark prepares to open to the public this Autumn.

Originally designed by architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, Battersea Power Station was built in two stages which externally form a seamless and near symmetrical whole, but internally are designed in two distinct styles.

Battersea A, which completed in 1935 is in the Art Deco style prevalent at that time, while Battersea B, which completed in 1955, reflects the post war austerity with its industrial utilitarian design.

To commemorate this important milestone and in celebration of the building’s history, Battersea Power Station today unveiled the decorative flooring in the Turbine Halls which provide “ghosts” of the historic turbines. At their peak, they supplied a fifth of London’s electricity.

The outline shapes of these structures in their original locations are stencilled into the flooring of the Power Station’s Turbine Halls which will house over 100 shops, bars and restaurants.

Hugo Boss, MAC Cosmetics, Space NK, Watches of Switzerland, Jo Malone, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Aēsop and Calvin Klein are among the brands that will be opening at the Grade II listed building.

Simon Murphy, Chief Executive Officer of Battersea Power Station Development Company, said: “We are proud to announce practical completion of the main build of Battersea Power Station, creating a new destination for all to live, work, eat and play. This is the culmination of nearly eight years of painstaking restoration work, transforming this former derelict building into a World class destination to be enjoyed for generations.

“We are now working with the retail and leisure brands as they fit out their spaces ahead of the opening of this wonderful building to the public for the first time in Autumn. We thank the entire team of highly skilled experts and visionaries who have been integral and committed in helping turn the shareholders’ vision into a reality.”

Also opening this year, is London’s newest pedestrianised high street, Electric Boulevard. High street retailer Zara will open a new 48,800 sq ft store later this year, becoming one of the first businesses to open.

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