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Battersea Power Station November 2013

AndyK!

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The Icon of Power

Battersea Power Station

As the iconic four chimneys and the shell of Battersea Power Station begin a phase of redevelopment we decided it was time to get down to London and take a look around the place. Everyone will instantly recognise the exterior, but few have seen the Art Deco 'Control room A', or the later stainless steel 'Control Room B'. Even fewer get to see the Directors Entrance, we were unlucky enough to have that pleasure - read on...

History


Battersea Power Station is a decommissioned coal-fired power station located on the south bank of the River Thames, in Battersea, an inner-city district of South West London. It comprises two individual power stations, built in two stages in the form of a single building. Battersea A Power Station was built in the 1930s, with Battersea B Power Station to its east in the 1950s. The two stations were built to an identical design, providing the well known four-chimney layout. The station ceased generating electricity in 1983, but over the past 50 years it has become one of the best known landmarks in London and is Grade II* listed.

Read the rest of the Wikipedia description if you want to know more.

1. External - on the roof

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Our Visits


I have had two visits to Battersea, the first with Kriegaffe 9, Mars Lander, Sshhhh..., and our guides Dan and Andy.

After a lengthy drive down to London the excitement started to build as we weaved between the buildings of the capital and the four chimneys eventually came into sight, looming over us looking as imposing and impenetrable as ever. Nerves starting to build as we notice the lights shining inside the huge shell of the building.

20 minutes later and we're looking up at those huge chimneys from the base of the immense brick façade. We make our way towards Control Room A and realise that entry into the Art Deco heart of the building isn't going to be an easy affair. Knowing what awaits us we push onwards and upwards, only hoping that dicing with death is worth it... It was!

2. View from the roof




Unfortunately we didn't manage to get into Control Room B on the first visit due to pesky workmen deciding they wanted to work around there. How dare they! A revisit was required!

Visit two, in the company of Proj3ctM4yh3m, Mr T, Magpie Tommie, Darbians and Zee Ze, we start off with some shots across the city and head inside to hit up Control Room B. The stainless steel heaven glistens under the workmens lights, and we finally head back to A side for some more shots of the darker of the tw control rooms. Once the buffet had been devoured we crack on with some shots. The lights come on! WTF!! We all glance a each other, knowing what's about to happen. The shadow moving across the back wall is followed by a cheery secuirty guard who is as surprised to find us in there as we were to see him! The 'official' way out is much easier! Mr secca allows us to get some shots of the Directors Entreance on the way down, and kindly let us grab some externals while we await the arrival of the police :)

On with the pics...

3. Conrol Room A

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4. Mission Control



5. Wall of Control



6. The Directors Doors

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7. Directors Lift

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8. Control Room B



9. Control Desk

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10. Control Panel



11. Control Panel Detail

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12. Synchroscope

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13. The Jacuzzi



14. Us "leaving"... Oops!




Thanks for reading my first report. I've only ever posted individual shots before, so you may recognise some from the Facebook group.

 
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shaddam

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Cracking stuff there !, shame i've never got in here =/

 

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Flipping Nora, that's some awesome shots there! Beaut of a first report :)

 

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Nice report Andy, Love the B room shots, need to get back for this bit, though we did get to see the Directors stairs, without secca ;) Excellent stuff cheers (y)

 

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Ace mate! cracking first report! love the write up and so much win in the photos! that cityscape is well nice!

 
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