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Report - Battersea PS (Cranes and Control Rooms) - 2/10/07

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Palace Fan, Oct 9, 2007.

  1. Palace Fan

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    ... After DF's last report and great images, and wanting to go to this iconic building since being a kidl, I pesuaded DF to take another trip (didn't take much).

    Our intentions were to crack the dock cranes as from what we could tell they hadn't been climbed before.

    Access can only be described as hot! Cameras, multiple fences, security, cleaners, floodlights, ribbon mesh, ...

    Once in the compound things get slightly easier with the immnense openess of the whole place. Since DF's last visit access to the dock area had been made easier. In front of the dock area were at least a dozen containers, which gave plenty of cover from both the lights and the dome cams along the river.

    The pier is a vast concrete affair, railed for the cranes movement.

    The cranes could only be described as 'dangerous', so take note if going anywhere near! Hulky great relics from the industrial era gone.

    Preventative measures had been taken to block access to these, with chopped ladders, and mesh halfway up. We chose the crane on the right as you look at the river, the lefthand one had rotten wooden decking, and sketchy ladders which were a definate no-way! The steelwork of the righthand crane was buckled in areas and highly corroded, and real care should be taken on all areas. Death awaits a fall. The wheelhouse is still intact, but carries a foul odour of pigeon (and many pigeons), bats, and asbetos signs, strong enough to stop us entering, as does the motor area behind it. Up top gave a nice view of the surrounding area, with ladders up to the crows nest (very dicey), and out to the arms end (not for me).

    Clearing the dock and heading inbound, we sifted through a few offices, with the intention of finding Control Room B (1950's). Searching around the area we found it quickly, but access was tight with boarding and padlock. After much thinking and searching for other possible entries, one last jiggle of the hasp, and it fell away from its hinge! It looked like somebody had 'played' with it before. Inside had been shot and logged before on here, but to see it for the first time was amazing! Pure quality from another age! Snap, snap, few comedy poses and we're gone....

    On first entering the compound, and accessing the innards of the building via the SW chimney area we noted an area locked, and restricted, we a high level scaffold inaccessible without climbing gear and big balls (which I hadn't either). After clearing Control Room B, we took a closer look. We had found the locked 'Whiteroom', and areas surrounding this earlier, but still now access to the above level. The steel outer door was not gonna budge, the low-level window was barred, and the room above had the boarding removed but a firmly bolted internal door. Access needed thought....

    Lets just say we found a way into the SW quarter. This gave access to the roof, and the SW chimney. The much sort after Control Room A (1930's) was also boarded and locked, but again the hasp was loose (workers loosing keys I think). Control Room B was special, but this was a different league!! Huge dials, levers, ornate wooden cabinets, and famous street names. Yes it had been done before, but again this was our first viewing... Stunning!!

    Click, click for a few hours, few more comedy poses... Lock the place down as tight as when we entered and out...

    A special night!!

    Spot the DF.

    Old mesh deck.

    With DF's faceless hoodie, I needed a costume (again a hidden DF). :D

    Pigeons and bats.

    On top.

    DF's got a technique of blending in.

    Control Room B

    Control Room A

    More to follow.....

    ... Plus a further report on this weeks adventures.
    #1 Palace Fan, Oct 9, 2007
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  2. DownFallen.

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    Re: Battersea PS (Cranes and Control Rooms) - Report - 2/10/07

    Very, very nice report Palace Fan...sums it all up superbly.

    I'd like to add my contribution in a couple of posts....kinda the way we did the explore

    The Pier Cranes

    PF was all over a revist on this site after seeing recent reports....and who can blame him ...its a peach.
    Its not particularly easy to get in..but I know a route thats as good as 'can' be.
    The Cranes on the pier were a high priority., beyond enjoying the splendour of standing in the middle of the four towers ( and it is a splendid sight/feeling)
    Just as PF described..these hulks of steel were rotting badly and infested with pigeons and bats ( along with years of their shite). Take EXTREME caution on/near these....test every step.
    But they did give us some nice views over the Thames and a different view on BPS


    Palace Fan takes time for reflection next to the Thames

    A little higher, at the hinge of the Jib....

    Palace fan Chillin out on the crane arm..

    PF checking out a different view on the Station...

    Stepping out on the pier..

    Bridge reflections...

    I think we were both glad on the climb down from these rusting , pigeon/bat infested cranes...nice to do...but definately 'past' their best..

    Comedy moments..
    1) Me sticking my head in the cab room...a bat floated not 5 feet in front of me...hovered ...showed me its fangs , hissed ...and then flew off...I pulled out of the cab with a face like I'd just been ass raped.

    2) PF 'discretely' deciding to test the stairs first , on this rusting hulk...after giving me a good look up and down...( I'm chunky..)

    3) Realising PF doesnt have a strong affinity for pigeons ( especially those trying to escape)

    Control Room pics in my next post...
    #2 DownFallen., Oct 10, 2007
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  3. DownFallen.

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    Re: Battersea PS (Cranes and Control Rooms) - Report - 2/10/07

    Control Room 'B'
    Located in the East side Annexe......as Palace said...its already been done and documented but there's that raw sense of Urb Ex joy shining a light through a crack in the door and seeing it reflected off all that machinary....thats just priceless, first visit or 100th..:)

    Machinary from a bygone age....fascinating to be around.. gives you a real sense of history.
    But most of all it reminded me of a 70's Bond film set...you know ..the underground lair of the madman trying to take over the world..:D

    (spot the 'evil' Dr Palace Fan)

    (Following on with the underground lair theme)...the 'evil' Dr PF, fires up the generator for his super massive frikkin' laser machine....in his quest for global domination :D

    And FIRE !.....a mighty roar, a blinding flash of light and erm...Stoke on Trent...is no more..:p
    #3 DownFallen., Oct 10, 2007
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  4. DownFallen.

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    Re: Battersea PS (Cranes and Control Rooms) - Report - 2/10/07

    Control Room 'A'

    Located high up in the West side annexe.
    This as PF has mentioned was a real mission to access.
    So many opportunities on the attempt to say...nah...forget it, not worth it, cant be done....but we never once looked back.
    Our reward was exquisite....and after we got in we both spent a long while just wondering round in total silence....jaws dropped ...checking out each and every console.
    The art deco walls and ceiling just added to the atmosphere this room exudes.


    We reckon...three of these, behemoth dials, showed the sum of power demand/generated at a glance...

    Individual panels covered power supply to most London Boroughs around the area.


    Dials, switchgear and relays...everywhere.


    The man who pressed 'THE' buttons....sat here

    Last order......'Shut Down'

    Sitting behind the control panel...we wondered what it must have been like...when the room was operational ...
    ( cue dream like music and fade out to black):D

    " More Power ...MORE POWER....Chelsea needs more power now!!!...crank the dial DF...open her up "

    "PF ...the grid's overloading...shut it down..shut it all down now , before it explodes... "

    After a hard exploring ....and role playing :p....session.....time to chill, before making our way out..
    #4 DownFallen., Oct 10, 2007
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