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Iconic London Landmark Reopens Its Doors After 40 Years
Battersea Power Station has reopened to the public after a monumental eight-year restoration project.
The Grade II* Listed Power Station has been transformed into a modern multi-use residential, retail, leisure and entertainment destination, celebrating its history through the careful and meticulous restoration of the iconic structure and fixtures.
"We are extremely proud of the role the G&T team has played in bringing the building back to life."
The landmark is now home to over 100 shops, restaurants and cafes, new office space and 254 residential apartments. A unique chimney glass lift experience, Lift 109, also offers 360-degree panoramic views of London from a height of 109m.
G&T has been advising Battersea Power Station Development Company (BPSDC) since 2010 on the redevelopment of the 2.5m sq ft building. As one of London’s largest regeneration schemes, over 150 trade contractors worked on the project and at its peak there were over 3,000 people on site each day alongside 17 tower cranes – including the largest crane in Europe needed to lift a 65-tonne steel beam.
G&T partner Richard Engwell commented: "The redevelopment of Battersea Power Station has been described as the Everest of real estate. The challenge has been enormous but also incredibly rewarding and we are delighted to have been the cost consultant on such a successful and iconic regeneration project."
1. Six million bricks were used to build the original Power Station and an additional 1.75 million were ordered from the original UK based brickmakers who produced the bricks for the building in the 1930s and 1950s as part of the restoration
2. The four chimneys have been re-built to the exact same specification and using the same methodology as the originals, with over 25,000 wheelbarrows of hand poured concrete and 375 litres of paint required for each chimney
3. Digital colour scanning and 3D printing methods taken from Formula 1 technology were used to replicate the missing dials, knobs and levers in the original Control Rooms
4. The space within the main Boiler House is so vast it is possible to fit the whole of St Paul's cathedral inside
5. A new home for a pair of Peregrine Falcons has also been built as part of the restoration. The falcons have lived at the Power Station since 2000 and were housed in a temporary nest site at Battersea Power Station during construction work