January 24, 2022
Battersea Power Station is welcoming residents to the second residential element of the Grade II* listed building which has completed ahead of the landmark’s opening later this year.
Designed by architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, the iconic Battersea Power Station was built in two stages with Battersea A (which includes Switch House West) being completed in 1933 and Battersea B (which includes Switch House East) coming into service in 1944.
Interior architect Michaelis Boyd, developed the interior design and layout for the 119 new apartments in Switch House East and the studio, one, two- and three-bedroom apartments use the existing historic structure of the Power Station.
Many of the building’s original elements have been restored during the redevelopment, overseen by WilkinsonEyre as lead architects, with the new homes featuring brick and steelwork from the 1940s.
The new residents are welcomed just months after the Power Station was removed from Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register and is now fit for the next century after 30 years of being in danger as a result of neglect and decay.
Last autumn the launch of the Northern line extension plugged Battersea into the Underground network for the first time in history, connecting to the City and the West End within 15 minutes. The Power Station is expected to draw visitors from across the capital and the globe, becoming one of London’s most visited destinations.
The wider regeneration of Nine Elms is delivering 20,000 new homes, including 4,000 affordable homes and 6.5million square feet of employment space. The construction phase has created 20,000 jobs and there will be 25,000 permanent ones available to local people when the project is complete. Work Match, Wandsworth Council’s free recruitment scheme for local people placed its 1,000th Work Match construction candidate at the Power Station last year.
Once completed, Battersea Power Station will be at the core of Wandsworth’s emerging sixth town centre, home to over 100 shops, bars and restaurants. Tech giant Apple is also moving to offices at the landmark building. There will also be a new six-acre riverfront park open to the public. Some of the major brands opening at the Power Station include Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, The Kooples, Aēsop and Calvin Klein.
Battersea Power Station also hosts a variety of cultural events throughout the year with highlights including the Light Festival which is running until 27 February, Summer Showtime on The Coaling Jetty, London’s first open-air cinema and theatre experience and The Winter Village.
Visit the Battersea Power Station website to find out more.