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Report - Battersea Powerstation, July 2013.

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Ojay, Aug 5, 2013.

  1. Ojay

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    Battersea Powerstation

    "The Cathedral of Electrons"

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    Battersea has been one of those iconic sites I had been itching to see over the last 5 years, and it wasn't for lack of effort in that time either before we finally managed to see the good stuff

    It's one of those sites you always seem to put on a back burner with the intention of 'one day' bothering to take a look

    That and all the talk in recent years of it being developed and nothing actually happening has further given reason to further sit on it

    Every man and his dog has done this place to death (except us), and work was starting up on site so I decided we really should pull our collective fingers out and go have another crack before it's too late..

    I've had the usual run around with security myself on 2 previous visits; they were always keen here, the place could be easily mistaken for Blackpool Illuminations

    Making the way into the power station a mission in it's own right


    A previous visit with GAJ & BHG ended up with us spending a good chunk of the night in here (finally) after phase one of pulling our fingers out

    I'm not ashamed to admit it, but we failed hard on that trip ^ In a nut shell we saw lock stock the fucking lot except the two control rooms haha :banghead

    The penultimate visit proved a valuable recce if nothing else and paved the way for the later successful outing

    I can laugh now having since returned, but fuck me the place is a maze, made much harder by dead ends, pit's of death, sketch climbs, locked doors and of course security

    The only regret I have is not bothering to take pics of much of the internal bits & bobs we saw, however I won't pretend, the place is fucked and I wasn't there for Der-P

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    A couple of comedy golds that will be well and truly etched in my memory..

    When we rocked up on the previous trip, I begun sorting various gear out on the pavement of a quiet street, when a door opened and two blokes emerged having a chat

    I didn't pay too much attention initially as I was engrossed in packing kit for 3, but it turned out one of the blokes was once a secca at the power station

    As soon as he saw my gear he knew it, chatting away he seemed sound as a pound, even gave us a few tips on 'how to a Power station B'

    Another moment was when GAJ & BHG had lost the will to live with 'B' side.. I persisted on and eventually found a potential opening which I was convinced would lead us down to the control room

    As GAJ accidentally the door a 50ft drop greeted us, very fortunate he didn't follow through (he possibly did) :D

    In the end we made it up 'B' side roof to the top of the NE wash tower/chimney stack, folk were coming to work and it started to piss down so we decided to bail

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    Greeted by security doing their rounds on the way out across no man's land (to this day we'll never know if they saw us or not), either way half a job done and I was grinning all the way back to Manchester

    The following day I checked my pics and they were gash, droplets of unavoidable water on the lens, I now needed to get back ASAP!

    Having returned home I scratched my arse a little more having looked again at old threads/pics of the place..

    Trying to suss out where feasibly we could access both of the 2 control rooms having previously seen first hand where they are both situated in relation to the rest of the building was no easy task


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    >> FFW a couple of weeks and we were back, sans BHG, this time with Adders in tow

    'A' side looked to be more of a mission and the harder of the two, but we were very close on the previous trip having since gleaned some snippets from a few people cheers :thumb

    Our journey to control room 'A' rapidly became a clusterfuck despite having some intel, in the end we made it in so that's all that matters really

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    'A' Side Directors Hall

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    'A' Side Roof

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  2. Ojay

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    'B' Side was just as much a farce on the return trip as our previous way up was now locked off.. full credit to GAJ for some late night thinking ;) :D

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    The real annoyance with 'B' control room for me is I was literally leaning on it the previous visit and it never dawned, for that I hang my head in shame

    In my defence, it wasn't that obvious suffering from severe fatigue and a distinct lack of sleep even for a blind man :p:

    It wasn't long before we reached where we needed to be and the way in was soon realised

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    Boiler house


    In recent years it has been home to various exhibitions, wait for it.. known as 'The boiler house'

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    Looking up, those iconic chimney stacks

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    S.W Chimney

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    White Room

    "A gimmicky show room from a previous prospective development plan"

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    Phase 1 is now underway on the site, I'm glad to have finally seen this place over a number of visits

    I'm sure one day I will return, in the meantime I'll settle for the few pics I took and the great memories, thanks for looking

    Shouts to GAJ/BHG/Adders :thumb

    Now then.. Where can I order the t-shirt ? :D
     
  3. soylent green

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    Impressive report ojay and great shots:)
     
  4. GAJ

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    Awesome report Ojay, and was a pleasure being there for the successful attempt at last. Both times were fun in their own way but your face as you ran into B side saying "They'll have fucking heard that in Chelsea!" was a particular highlight for me :D

    Well done mate :thumb
     
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    Sounds an eventful night mate and good pics to cover it :)
     
  6. georgie

    georgie He Never Even Got There
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    Very nice report and pics mate
     
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    very very nice dude :thumb
     
  8. Session9

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    Excellent mate :)
     
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    lovely stuff
     
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    Great work Ojay,well captured.
     
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    Bloody brilliant - great to read and see the original photos too :cool
     
  12. tweek

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    A lot if people say your first time is the most memorable. I reckon it's awkward first time, frustrating the second and maybe by the third time you get to grips with the process.

    Love seeing people pop their Battersea cherry!
     
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    Cheers Tweek
     
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    bEYOND WICKED, GREAT PHOTOS, AND WRITE UP
     
  15. Nickindroy

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    That's how you do a report. Astonishing. :thumb
     
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