Save Battersea Power Station

Battersea Power Station’s future remains in doubt as the fantastic hulk of the art-deco building itself remains in sorry dereliction.
Yesterday, the Guardian reported that the new owners of the £400m prime 36+ acre riverside site, Treasury Holdings, had scrapped development plans approved by Wandsworth Council in November last year and speculated whether London might be about to lose the four iconic chimneys altogether to yet another bland, luxury, residential development if the Power Station is allowed to further deteriorate beyond the realms of renovation.

Wandsworth Council and previous owners, Parkview, refused to even consider an alternative report by a team of three companies of concrete experts brought together by the World Monuments Fund & Twentieth Century Society, who have revealed that the chimneys can be repaired for half the cost of demolition and rebuilding.

The independent report also revealed there is no sign of structural distress in the chimneys. When Parkview bought the site thirteen years ago, they promised to restore it, but instead sat on it and did nothing, merely hanging onto it as property speculators. They pushed through planning permission to demolish the chimneys, full of promises to restore the building, but instead immediately flogged it for a £240m profit, since the value of the site had increased hugely as a result of planning permission to demolish the chimneys. Profit not renovation was evidently their aim.

Sign the government petition here.

The Guardian article can be read here.

Thanks to hedgiecc

3 Comments so far

  1. hedgiecc (unregistered) on March 27th, 2007 @ 9:29 pm

    Thanks for spreading the word. Please be aware I cobbled the above info together from text on the petition itself and also a post on Londonist

  2. sean (unregistered) on March 28th, 2007 @ 5:46 am

    Thanks for stating that.

  3. Eileen (unregistered) on March 28th, 2007 @ 9:04 am

    Battersea Power Station is my favourite building in London, and it would be a crime if it was demolished. Thanks for the heads up on the petition.

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