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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