Mace will be responsible for managing trade contractors undertaking the £100m works package that comprises brick repairs to the elevations, the repairs to the four wash towers, and the dismantling and reconstructing of the chimneys.
Listed building consent was granted in August 2011 to replace the chimneys suince they were considered beyond safe repair but too iconic to remove.
All four of Battersea Power Station’s chimneys will be rebuilt in concrete, in accordance with the original architectural plans. The preliminary works start in October 2013 and the dismantling of the first chimney is expected to begin in February 2014.
Rob Tincknell, CEO of Battersea Power Station Development Company, said: “The restoration of the power station is at the heart of this entire redevelopment and we are delighted that this vital work is now getting underway. The appointment of Mace, which has an excellent track record in historic and specialised buildings, will ensure that Gilbert Scott’s masterpiece is in safe hands and that all the contractors working on its restoration are pulling together so that we can finally refurbish it and open it up to the public.”
Mace chairman Stephen Pycroft said: “I am delighted that we have been given the opportunity to work on such an important project. The power station has been a landmark on the London skyline for many decades and our priority is to ensure that it remains a landmark for many more decades to come.”
Mace will be working alongside:
- Buro Happold – structural engineer
- Purcell – conservation and architectural advisor;
- Turner & Townsend – project manager
- Gardiner & Theobald – cost consultants.
The shell and core works of power station, currently being designed by Wilkinson Eyre, will be tendered during 2014 with a planned start on site of March 2015.