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Battersea Power Station dusts off plans for chimney-climbing ‘great glass elevator’

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Battersea Power Station has released new images of its plans to build a glass lift designed by WilkinsonEyre inside one of its landmark chimneys

New images of the cylindrical lift – dubbed the ‘great glass elevator’ – have been released by the developer behind the £9 billion regeneration of the Grade II*-listed edifice and its environs.

The attraction, first unveiled in 2013, will take visitors 109m above ground, giving 360-degree views of London from the top of Giles Gilbert Scott’s former electricity generating plant.

The plans also include a 1,500-capacity event space, Event Box, below Apple’s new London headquarters and a restored control room with original dials and switches.

Another larger events space, called The Venue, will be created in the Boiler House, and includes a foyer and riverfront terrace for live music, launches, fashion shows, conferences and dinners.

Construction work has now completed on the first phase of the power station’s wider regeneration, masterplanned by Rafael Viñoly Architects, comprising an 800-unit residential first phase by SimpsonHaugh and dRMM.

Andrew Hilston, head of leasing at Battersea Power Station Development Company, said: ’These unique spaces are central to our plans , which will make Battersea Power Station one of London’s most exciting destinations.’

The chimney lift is expected to open in 2021.

A total of 538 apartments, a 167-room boutique hotel, retail spaces, restaurants and leisure facilities are planned as part of the wider Phase 3 development, designed by Foster + Partners and Gehry Partners.

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