Painting completed on iconic Battersea Power Station chimneys

Published: Thursday 31st August 17

The painting of all four chimneys has now been completed ahead of schedule, Battersea Power Station has announced.

All the chimneys received a base coat and final coat of paint in the exact colour the originals were painted in to ensure they look identical.

The chimneys had to be painstakingly dismantled and rebuilt, following completion of detailed surveys and very close consultation and engagement with Historic England and the council.

Cllr Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council, said: "An exciting new skyline is developing at Battersea but it is fantastic to see our old friends, the Power Station chimneys, restored to their former glory: a proud landmark for Wandsworth and for London."

Rob Tincknell, CEO of Battersea Power Station Development Company, said: “It is wonderful to see the chimneys, which have become a permanent fixture on the London skyline, freshly painted and the finishing touches applied. This is a great opportunity to thank the BPS team, the specialist contractor and everyone else who was involved in ensuring one of the most important parts of the redevelopment project was successfully completed.

"Rebuilding the chimneys as exact replicas was a key condition of the overall planning application so it's great the pledge has already come good, ahead of schedule."

Emily Gee, London Planning Director at Historic England, said:

“Historic England welcomes this final stage of the rebuilding of the chimneys, ensuring that the Power Station will retain its landmark status along this evolving part of London’s skyline.”

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Agree with you Nick. This vast, overdeveloped hideous glass building is known as Circus West and was short listed recently for an architectural carbuncle award. It fails to harmonise with adjacent Battersea Park & engulfs Grade ll listed Battersea Power Station which now can't be seen from the NW side of the river or from Chelsea Bridge. What were Wandsworth Council Planning Committe thinking to ever approve it. We and future generations will live with this unsightly legacy. The view should have been listed as well. All very sad.
Gill Allen

6 September 2017

Yes the chimneys look very nice, but most of the building they are on top of is obscured by massive blocks of glass fronted and no doubt very expensive apartments. What's the point of preserving the building if most people can't see it? Nick
Nick Hale

1 September 2017