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Chimney replacement to kick off £100m Battersea restoration

31 May 13 Restoration of Battersea Power Station will begin in October 2013 with brickwork repairs and replacement of the four chimneys.

Battersea Power Station Development Company has revealed more details of its programme of work to restore the huge redbrick edifice and the companies that is helping it.

Buro Happold and Purcell are providing structural engineering and façade repairs advice. Wilkinson Eyre Architects has been appointed to complete the detailed design.  Gardiner & Theobald is the repairs cost consultant. Turner & Townsend is project manager for the restoration work.

As previously reported, Turner & Townsend is also project manager for the scheme’s £400m first phase – construction of the adjacent Circus West development – for which Carillion was last week named main contractor. Preparatory work on Phase One has already begun with main construction works expected to commence in the summer of 2013 and scheduled for completion in 2016.

Work on the Power Station building itself represents the second phase of the 39-acre redevelopment.

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The restoration programme will start with an initial £100m package of repair works, which will lead to the comprehensive renovation of the exterior of the Power Station building.  This first phase of the works involves repairs to the external brickwork, wash towers, the steel frame, windows and the replacement of the four chimneys, which will be reconstructed to remain the landmark on the London skyline that they already are. This will be done in conjunction with English Heritage and London Borough of Wandsworth, working to the original architectural plans used at the time of their construction more than eighty years ago.

The start of work in October comes 30 years after power was switched off at the plant. The restoration of the Power Station building and chimneys is expected to complete in 2016.

Battersea Power Station Development Company chief executive Rob Tincknell said: “Battersea Power Station is at the heart of this exciting new community, giving it an identity and authenticity unique among London developments.  We have assembled an outstanding team to handle the restoration of this iconic building.  Their engagement marks the point at which we are delivering the inspiring work of Rafael Vinoly and constructing the world-class destination he has mapped out.  The reconstruction of the iconic chimneys is an essential part of the refurbishment and will be undertaken with great care and precision so that they remain a landmark on the London skyline for decades to come.”

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