The first of the four chimneys to be rebuilt at Battersea Power Station is now visible
Dismantling of the grade II-listed landmark’s south-west chimney started last summer.
The 101m-tall chimney was dismantled from the top downward and debris was collected and either re-used or conserved as part of the development’s legacy programme.
The chimmey is being built from the the base up in 1.2m stages, using reinforced concrete. The work is being undertaken by specialist contractors and heritage building consultants who have been using the same methods as the original chimney build in the 1930s.
Rob Tincknell, chief executive officer at Battersea Power Station Development Company, said: ‘This is one of the most exciting milestones in the Battersea Power Station development’s history to date.
`The chimneys are at the very heart of this site and the rebuild programme has been focused on working with Historic England and London Borough of Wandsworth to ensure they would be rebuilt and remain a part of London’s skyline in a safe condition for generations to enjoy for years to come.’
Timothy Jones, principal inspector of historic buildings and areas, Historic England, said: ‘Historic England considers the works being carried out to the chimneys to be the most tangible sign that the long awaited restoration of this internationally celebrated grade II* building is no longer a promise but a fact.
‘Historic England have worked in close partnership with all those involved in this major project and are delighted at the progress which has been made and the meticulous attention to detail which has been paid at every stage. It is very exciting news that once all the chimneys have been rebuilt they will be painted to match their original colours, just as Sir Giles Gilbert Scott would have wished.’
Giles Gilbert Scott’s chimneys have formed part of the London skyline since 1935 when the first chimney was completed. The rebuilding work on all four chimneys is due to be completed in 2016.
The rebuilt chimneys form part of the second phase of the power station’s £8 billion redevelopment – which includes 40,000m² of shops, 58,000m² of offices and 248 homes around a ‘garden square in the sky’.