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Battersea Power Station alterations, London, United Kingdom

Friday 09 Dec 2011

Powering Battersea growth

Battersea Power Station alterations by Terry Farrell & Partners in London, United Kingdom
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Battersea Power Station alterations by Terry Farrell & Partners in London, United Kingdom Battersea Power Station alterations by Terry Farrell & Partners in London, United Kingdom
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09/12/11 smilla, london
I live near the power station and have watched for many years with increasing frustration the rise and fall of countless ambitious, greedy proposals whilst this fabulous iconic structure inched closer and closer towards inevitable demolition.
This seems to me the ideal post-recession project. Minimal, reallistic, preserving the bones of the building almost like a modern ruin and creating a beautiful inner city space rather than a monument to rampant consumerism.
For all these reasons I suspect it will thrown out at the first.
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09/12/11 malden blue, the smoke
Having seen that its thought there would be no problem removing the lsited turbine halls, this now makes it possible to use the building as part of an iconic mind blowing new football stadium

one large 'home end' stand cut into the building with the rest of the stadium and three other stands grafted on to the rest of it

and unlike present day developers who in this market would likely leave the site empty for years, chelsea could straight work straight away

bird in the hand etc!
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Farrells release radical proposals for Battersea Power Station, hoping to improve its unfavourable appearance 

Terry Farrell & Partners is a firm with over 40 years architectural experience, renowned for a history of work administered into various famous cityscapes. Their latest challenge – the proposals of which have recently been released – is to enhance the area of the Battersea Power station, in South London, whilst lessening the forceful impact that this former power station produces. The aim is to make Battersea a sought-after location for prospective clientele, searching for a new place to live; despite its prized place along the River Thames, work to improve the region’s aesthetics and appeal has been deemed an absolute necessity.

The fresh approach seeks to think big conceptually, whilst avoiding the common solution of attempting to build big. From an early stage it was decided the project would not be forced to rely on an extravagant multi-million pound tube station, or the, potentially, equally costly enterprise of fully replacing the existing, deteriorating ex industrial building. Sir Terry, head of the project architects, said; “We have to learn lessons from the problems that have thwarted previous attempts to redevelop this much loved landmark.” The first lesson that informs Farrell’s proposal is that little will happen whilst there is still a gigantic ruin in the middle of the site.

In order to negate the harsh visual effect resonating from the abandoned building, a complete open-plan effect will be incorporated into the overall structure. Preserving both the front and back sections, complete with adorning chimneys, the joining walls will be completely removed, and replaced with a minimalistic framework. From the river, this will appear solid and retain the full grandeur of the buildings form. From the sides, however, it will be open, so that within the site and from the surrounding flats there will be views through the colonnade, where large, generous parkland will be employed. Such a unique patch of greenery would prove the perfect host for leisure and an occasional staged event. Ornately aligned trees continue from the base up along the Thames riverfront.

Whilst this will be the heart of the project, additional improvements will be sort elsewhere. Providing increased transportation routes a surface tram link will service increased people traffic, at a fraction of the cost of a tube line.

Tom Aston

Key Facts

Status Concept design
Value Undisclosed(m€)
Terry Farrell & Partners

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