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Report - Battersea Power Station, London - July 14 (Revisit)

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

  1. The_Raw

    The_Raw 28DL Regular User
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    What went down

    There is currently an event taking place for the duration of the summer called the 'Power of Summer' directly in front of Battersea Power station. It includes an open-air cinema, street food stalls and bars. I went along with Sentinel and extreme_ironing for a couple of beers and food and it wasn't long before we were looking up towards the chimneys wishing we were up there. This wasn't the plan by the way but we got excited at being so close and figured it would be rude not to at least have a go. We literally went to find the toilet and at some point must have taken a wrong turn because the next thing we knew we were inside Control Room A :D

    We just did control room A and had a mooch around on the roof as getting to B seems to be impossible now. It was an eventful evening capped with a great escape of epic proportions, this is definitely the explore that just keeps on giving....and this night goes up there as one of my most memorable ones :)

    Some 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.

    My piccie wiccies: I concentrated specifically on photographing the finer details on this visit so hopefully that will make this report a bit different.....

    The cinema - "you know what they call a Quarter Pounder with cheese in Paris?"

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    The old cranes, this event is a good opportunity to get up close....

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    Thanks for looking :thumb
     

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  2. ACID- REFLUX

    ACID- REFLUX 28DL Regular User
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    Nice ones :thumb

    Surely you lot must be BPS Official Photographers by now complete with Passes :)
     
  3. Matt Inked

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    Awesome! :thumb Battersea's always an impressive one.
     
  4. Rik UE

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    Work of art those shots, dial and lever porn!!

    My nifty fifty 1.8 would lap up that place!!

    Soon hopefully ;)

    Love the different shots of this place and close up shots, brilliant!!
     
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    Attending an organized event and finding yourself taking a few wrong turns has to be done.

    Battersea never disappoints. They best preserve those dock cranes.
     
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    Always good to see. Beautiful shots fella :thumb
     
  7. The_Raw

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    Bring doggie treats. :thumb
     
  9. Seagull

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    Fantastic work guys
     
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    Nice work. How long is the Power of Summer thing on for? Might try and get down and give this a bash.
     
  11. The_Raw

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    Until the end of August, fill yer boots I say :D
     
  12. A man called Martyn

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    Interesting article in the current 'Private Eye' about the needless demolition of the chimneys. Also covers the impeding demolition of the Battersea Water pumping station.
     
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