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's now Tate Modern, and the iconic red telephone box) in 1933, the station was snuffed out in 1983 only to enter an existential limbo for more than three decades. It's now being redeveloped as a mixed residential and commercial space.
Luck turned for the mighty brick building in 2011 when a £8 billion master plan 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 on the extended Northern line at Battersea Park and Nine Elms, where the new US Embassy will relocate after leaving Grosvenor Sq in Mayfair. Shops, restaurants and cafes in the first phase, Circus West Village, opened in 2017.
The chimneys – which have been dismantled and are being reconstructed, reinforced with steel and repainted – will be finished by 2020, as will the embassy, the first new homes and the new tube stations. The total redevelopment isn't expected to be finished until 2024. Watch this space.