All four brick chimneys of Battersea Power Station are being rebuilt as part of the redevelopment of the old turbine hall into the centre price of a huge housing scheme.
Unveiling of the southwest replica chimney marks a key step in the full rebuild programme which will be completed in the summer of 2016. The whole process has been undertaken by a group of specialist contractors including construction managers Skanska, expert heritage building consultants Beroa Bierrum and Buro Happold Engineering who have been working using the same methods to the original chimney build from back in the 1930s to ensure the new chimneys are rebuilt to be visually identical to the originals.
Rob Tincknell, chief executive of Battersea Power Station Development Company (BPSDC) said “This is one of the most exciting milestones in the Battersea Power Station development’s history to date. The chimneys are at the very heart of this site and the rebuild programme has been focused on working with Historic England and the London Borough of Wandsworth to ensure they would be rebuilt and remain a part of London’s skyline in a safe condition for generations to enjoy for years to come.”
Timothy Jones, principal inspector of historic buildings and areas at Historic England, said: “Historic England considers the works being carried out to the chimneys to be the most tangible sign that the long awaited restoration of this internationally celebrated Grade II* building is no longer a promise but a fact. Historic England have worked in close partnership with all those involved in this major project and are delighted at the progress which has been made and the meticulous attention to detail which has been paid at every stage.”