Battersea Power Station boasts one of the most recognisable exteriors in London, but the pure style on the inside really takes your breath away. This magnificent building, which was decommissioned back in 1984, has been brought back to life and lovingly preserved thanks to its Grade II listed status. It is now a prestigious events venue as well as retail and food space.
The interior restoration project has been the work of lead architect Wilkinson Eyre, along with heritage advisor Purcell and main contractor Mace. Lucas UK were appointed by Mace to carry out extensive restoration work to key interior areas of historic interest, deploying specialist teams in the two former control rooms, and at the Directors’ entrance, staircase and reception area.
The original interiors have been preserved in their entirety, complete with Art Deco ornamentation, 1930s and 1950s electronic equipment, control dials, wooden parquet floors, feature marble and stone walls, elegant brass work and lighting.
Hawk were engaged by Lucas to support with the complex procurement needs of the control rooms’ restoration, as well as the numerous contract variations required.
All parties worked closely with English Heritage, sensitively restoring, and reusing materials wherever possible. The project required a balance between restoring it to its former glory and maintaining its heritage, whilst managing budgets.
Liaising with specialist suppliers, we refused to compromise on even the smallest of parts, in the interest of the restoration being as authentic as possible. So, where no originally used part or material was available, Lucas re-created them using their in-house 3D printing and precision paint facilities.
It’s been a privilege and hugely rewarding being involved in this iconic restoration project. The result is a beautiful, elegant space, steeped in 1930’s grandeur.