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Former London power station’s iconic chimneys to be demolished

Posted by Marianne
April 29, 2014 in Property Development

The developers of Battersea Power Station have said that its iconic chimneys are to be pulled down.

With the four stacks being a risk to public safety due to years of neglect, Battersea Power Station Development Company (BPSDC) has said that each one will be rebuilt.

Standing at 103-metres high, the chimneys have been a feature of London’s skyline for more than 80 years. The site was in service for 50 years, before being left derelict for the last 30. The BPSDC’s lead on the project, Justin Philips, said it was essential that each structure is demolished.

Explaining that each chimney would be destroyed by a self-climbing rig, helping the work to be completed by 2016, Philips said:

“If you were to go up and see at close quarters the state of the concrete you’d see the legacy that 50 years of service and 30 years of dereliction has left.”

Going on to say that the structures would be scanned in 3D to ensure an accurate rebuild and painted in the original ecru colour, Philips continued to say that they would copy the exact original plans of the chimneys.

After three decades of failed proposals for the 39-acre Thameside site, the former power station and surrounding land is the subject of a major redevelopment. Over 250 homes, office flooring for 5,000 workers, nearly 200 retail and leisure plots and a six-acre public park are planned.

Designed by the man behind the British red telephone box, Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, the Grade-II listed building is one of the capital’s most-treasured landmarks.

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