Sunday, 3 October 2010

Battersea Power Station

LIVE, the free magazine with The Mail on Sunday featured a short article last week which showed some period photos of Battersea Power Station, London.

The building which was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott was completed in 1955 and has some of the very best Art-Deco designed control rooms with marble walls and glass ceilings. This really does show that during the 1950's and 60's Great Britain was at the very forefront of design and technology. Using 1,500 tons of coal to boil 160million gallons of Thames river water per day (with waste steam pumped across the river to heat the homes of Pimlico) Station A's 243 megawatt output was enough to power one-tenth of London, a figure that was doubled on completion of Station B!

As a source of inspiration these (rather grainy) images should go far with Pulp and Sci-Fi modellers. The beige colour control panels are a welcome change from the more traditional grey!

Further images of this Grade II listed building can be found on Google.


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