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Report - Battersea Power Station, London - April 2014

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by The_Raw, Apr 15, 2014.

  1. The_Raw

    The_Raw 28DL Regular User
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    The Explore

    It doesn't get much more iconic than Battersea Power station. I visited twice with Sentinel, we had a feeling this would be a tricky place to conquer and we weren't wrong. On our first visit we encountered various obstacles and at points we nearly gave up on both control rooms but with a bit of perseverance we managed to access both and escape unseen. Control room A had possibly the biggest wow factor of anywhere I've been so far and immediately made all our efforts worthwhile. Control room B was pretty spectacular in it's own right as well although the more riskier of the two to access. Our second visit was a much slicker operation than the first and allowed us to take a little more time with our photography. The site is constantly evolving through different stages of construction so access points change overnight. Even in three days one door had been sealed and a huge new fence had appeared, perhaps signs that this place won't be accessible for too much longer. Needless to say we were pretty proud of ourselves for making it in and out without being caught and there was much punching of the air as we disappeared from the site, especially for Sentinel who also got away with wearing a mankini in Control room A at one point.....those pictures may one day surface but for now I can't bring myself to look!

    The History

    Battersea Power Station is a decommissioned coal-fired power station located on the south bank of the River Thames in Battersea, South West London. It comprises two individual power stations, built in two stages in the form of a single building. Battersea A Power Station was built in the 1930s and first operated in 1933, with Battersea B Power Station to its east in the 1950s operating first in 1953. Both stations were built to an identical design, providing the well known four-chimney layout. The station ceased generating electricity in 1983, but over the past 50 years it has become one of the best known landmarks in London and is Grade II listed. It is the largest brick building in Europe and is notable for its original, lavish Art Deco interior fittings and decor. However, the building's condition has been described as "very bad" by English Heritage and is included in it's Heritage at Risk Register. Since the station's closure the site has remained largely unused, with numerous failed redevelopment plans from successive site owners. In July 2012, the power station was sold to a consortium led by Malaysia’s SP Setia for £400 million. In January 2013 the first residential apartments went on sale. Construction on Phase 1 began in 2013, with completion due in 2016/17.

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  2. tumbles

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    Switch Room B ;)

    Great photos, love the high up shot in A.
     
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    Cheers. Not sure where the 'Switch room B' reference comes from or whether it matters in the slightest but thanks anyway :thumb
     
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    I felt rather liberated wearing that mankini in control room A...should of done the whole of Battersea in it. Imagine getting caught in that..

    Like the photos, great explore and laughs as per usual
     
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    Don't you mean 'Mankini Room A' ? ;)
     
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    ha ha yeah, your face was classic
     
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    Stunning photos mate, always nice to see this place :thumb
     
  8. The_Raw

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    Cheers dude :thumb
     
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    Excellent work lads. I have spent the last couple of months looking at this, whilst trundling past on the 06:22 to Victoria.
     
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    It's just everyone calls it Control Room B. It's not control room B, that is actually the Switch Room, the control room B was actually on the floor above and about the size of a small toilet cubicle. The A side had a switch room as well, which was on the floor below the control room.

    Dmax educated me this on one of our many visits!

    Wasn't meant to be a criticism :)
     
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    This is amazing :) Love the pictures, what camera do you use? :D
     
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    Some great images there mate, never gets boring this place :thumb
     
  13. The_Raw

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    Cheers. I use a nikon D3200, borrowed my mate's wide angle lens for a few shots but otherwise just the kit lens that came with the camera :thumb
     
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    Amazing photos dude! I'll deffo be up for a trip if you make a return!
     
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    Thanks mate :thumb
     
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