The first image showing Battersea Power Station’s iconic chimneys being dismantled has been revealed
The first of Battersea Power station’s four chimneys to be taken down sits on the south west corner of the grade II-listed landmark.
The chimney is being dismantled from the top downwards using a circular rig which ‘munches’ its way down the tower, collecting the debris enabling it to either be re-used or conserved as part of the development’s legacy programme.
It is expected it will take five months to take apart the first chimney.
Once the rebuilding process begins the chimneys will be rebuilt from the base up in 1.2m stages, using concrete and reinforcement.
After the first chimney has been constructed to half its height, work will begin on dismantling the three remaining chimneys.
It will take about six months to completely rebuild each chimney to the former height of 101 metres.
Phil Gullett, chief operating officer of Battersea Power Station Development Company, said: ‘The four iconic chimneys are not only one of the most distinctive features of the London skyline, they are the very DNA of this historical building. After years of research and independent reports confirming this is the best strategy, we are now at the stage where the process of dismantling them and rebuilding them is underway and that means they are certain to be safeguarded for future generations.’
The programme of replacing the chimneys is set to complete in 2016.
The rebuilt chimneys form part of the second phase of the Gilbert Scott-designed power station’s £8billion redevelopment – which includes 40,000m² of shops, 58,000m² of offices and 248 homes around a ‘garden square in the sky’.
Wilkinson Eyre Architects has drawn up plans to place a ‘great glass elevator’ within one of the chimneys and the north east chimney will be used as an exhaust for a new on-site energy centre. While Frank Gehry and Foster + Partners are working on the third phase of the scheme – a 1,300-home ‘high street’.