Battersea Power Station

sights / Architecture

Lonely Planet review

Its four smokestacks famously celebrated on Pink Floyd’s Animals album cover, Battersea Power Station is one of south London’s best-known monuments. Built by Giles Gilbert Scott (who also designed the power station that is now the Tate Modern, and the iconic red telephone box) in 1933 with two chimneys (the other two were added in 1955), the power station was snuffed out in 1983 only to enter an existential limbo, slowly deteriorating as it passed from one optimistic developer to the next.

Luck finally turned for the mighty brick building in 2011 when a £5 billion masterplan to redevelop the site, right on the Thames, was approved. Plans include thousands of new homes, retail and corporate space and two new tube stations in Nine Elms and Battersea Park, an extension of the existing Northern Line. Work is scheduled to start in 2013, with the first new homes ready in 2016. The redevelopment won't be complete until 2024 however, so do make sure you schedule another trip to see the transformation in 10 years' time!