Connections

What do these two pictures have in common?

Red telephone boxes near Covent Garden.

Battersea Power Station from across the river.

Both were designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott.

Battersea Power Station was adorned with art deco detailing. The iconic great chimneys were inspired by the great skyscrapers in New York from the Jazz age.

Using 1500 tons of coal to boil 160 million gallons of Thames river water each day, Station A’s output at 243Mw was enough to power a tenth of London. Even the “waste” steam was pumped across the river to heat the homes in Pimlico. And the capacity doubled in 1955 when Station B was completed.

Due to concerns over pollution and a shift away from using coal, Battersea Power Station was closed by 1983 and scheduled for demolition. There was a public outcry until Michael Heseltine granted it Grade II listing status.

In 100 years time can you imagine our descendants wanting to save this?

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6 comments for “Connections

  1. September 28, 2010 at 10:51

    There’ll probably be a whole field of them.

  2. Man With A Very Hot Bladder
    September 28, 2010 at 13:31

    Those little propellers on sticks won’t last 100 years.

  3. September 28, 2010 at 13:44

    I would imagine that the only people who want to save Battersea Power Station are those that don’t actually pass it regularly.

  4. Rossa
    September 28, 2010 at 15:42

    Agreed Lord T. I guess, like many other building of its ilk, it has fallen into disrepair while the PTB decide what to do with it or the developers try and fail to make something out of it. We’ll probably see it feature on the Restoration programme on TV at some point in the future.

    There are some fabulous interior shots of the control rooms here:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-1314872/The-hidden-wonders-British-landmark.html

    It was this article that inspired the post, following on with the theme of steam.

  5. September 28, 2010 at 16:53

    I quite like it actually.

  6. September 28, 2010 at 18:02

    It needs a bold conversion along the lines of the Bankside power station down river

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