Battersea Power Station A Cool London Icon
One of the main reasons why I chose to go for a walk along the Thames on Saturday, was because I wanted to pass by the Battersea Power Station, it is one of those buildings that I never get tired of looking at. It may be a crumbling and decrepit wreck of a building, but there is a beauty and rawness about the place, which I find enlightening.
The Battersea Power Station, which is located on the South Bank of the River Thames is one of London’s most iconic and striking images. The station stopped producing electricity in 1983 and I can imagine that the air we breath in London and the environment is hell of lot healthier since it ceased blasting out its harmful smoke into the air.
Who can ever forgot the amazing Pink Floyd album cover “Animals”, which featured the Battersea Power Station, with the inflatable pig floating between the chimneys. Those were the days, when they put some effort into Album covers.
I was hoping to get a closer look inside Battersea Power Station on Saturday but I didn’t fancy scaling the fence, I’m too old for shit like that. Hopefully before they finally start developing the place, they will allow the public one last grand tour of this iconic London building.
There are seemingly proposals in the pipeline for a £5.5 Billion commercial and residential redevelopment of the former power station. Which can only be good news as far as housing and jobs are concerned. I however hope they manage to retain or even add to the character of the building.
I personally think that even though we are in a recession it is the perfect time for a project like this to start. Lets face facts, it will take many years for Battersea Power Station to be transformed into its proposed vision. By the time its complete the recession will be long finished.
The Battersea Power Station is a cool London icon that will hopefully be transformed into something a lot cooler than the coal fired power station that it was once upon a time.