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Battersea Power Station

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Battersea Power Station

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Battersea Power Station

From a backdrop in movies such as Alfie, Richard III and Up The Junction, to the cover of Pink Floyd's Animals album, Battersea Power Station is a London landmark that rivals the Tower and Big Ben for fame, recognition and public affection.

The station – the third largest in Britain – was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, architect of Waterloo Bridge and the red telephone box. When construction began in 1928, public figures, including the Archbishop of Canterbury, spoke out against it, saying that the resulting sulphur emissions would endanger health and damage public building and parks.

Apart from its 370 ft high chimneys, Battersea boasted Art Deco interiors including Italian marble flooring, which was swept every morning.

Power generation having stopped entirely in 1983, it was bought in 1993 by developers Parkview International. They have been given the go-ahead to turn it into a £500m retail, leisure, accommodation and conference complex opening in 2009. The proposals include turning one of the chimneys into a thrill ride.


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Battersea Power Station is the largest brick building in Europe and has cult status, especially among Pink Floyd fans. It is one of the unsung landmarks of London.

lloyd whellams

Probably my favourite bulding in London, I first saw it on the cover of Pink Floyd's "Animals" album cover and have been fascinated by it for years and now live right next to it. I think it's such an imposing and impressive building.
Vincent Pollard

Iconic London Landmark
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My favourite Icon of England has to be the Cornish Pasty.

Ian Baldry