Battersea Power Station

London, UK

WilkinsonEyre was appointed in 2013 for the refurbishment of the iconic Grade II* listed Battersea Power Station. The proposed designs are consistent with and sympathetic to Sir Giles Gilbert Scott’s masterpiece, with the chimneys and turbine halls remaining the dominant features of the building.

Retaining the Power Station’s sense of scale and visual drama is key to the project and is achieved through design features such as a full-height glass void behind the southern wall, a vast central atrium and open, unobstructed turbine halls. The careful expression of the contrast between old and new is vital to the success of the project, so that wherever the user is within the building they are reminded of the existence of its original fabric.

The designs respect the integrity of the historic landmark whilst also creating a new state-of-the-art events space; shops, restaurants and cafés; a public viewing platform; large open-plan office spaces; a 60 room boutique hotel, and a series of villas, apartments and penthouses positioned around a garden square above the Boiler House, and to either side of the Power Station. 

Apple will be the largest office tenant occupying more than 46,000macross six floors of the central Boiler House inside the historic icon.

Retaining the power station’s sense of scale and visual drama is key to the project. Large volume spaces expose the historic fabric internally and juxtapose new and old construction. The Turbine Halls are the principal grand spaces and they are brought back to life through new uses.