// Iconic Battersea Power Station will finally reopen after originally closing in 1983
// Retail, dining and leisure to be hosted inside turbine halls in centrepiece of wider redevelopment
Battersea Power Station is set to open on 14 October with a host of new shops and restaurants set amid the iconic landmark.
The Grade II listed building has been completely restored after it was decommissioned and shut down in 1983. The station once supplied a fifth of London’s electricity and a £9 billion transformation scheme – the latest of many proposals for the site – was first announced back in 2018.
A host of stores, dining and leisure outlets will open next month and in 2023 a food hall will also open.
A chimney lift experience is also offering 360-degree panoramic views of London’s skyline. Ten golden tickets have been hidden inside ‘Power Station Post’ newspapers handed out by a group dressed in 1930s attire yesterday, with the winners getting the chance to be among the first to ride the lift.
Shops will be housed inside the power station’s two restored Turbine Halls. Turbine Hall A reflects the Art Deco glamour of the 1930s when the power station was built, and Turbine Hall B, which was completed in the 1950s, has a brutalist, industrial look.
The power station’s former control rooms have been repurposed into an events space and an all-day bar concept, where visitors can interact with the original dials and controls.
Battersea Power Station will be home to a long list of fashion brands, including Hackett, Theory, Mulberry, Levi’s, Zara, Abercrombie & Fitch, Superdry, Sweaty Betty, Lululemon, Uniqlo, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, The Kooples, Gant, Lacoste, Mango, Reiss, and Hugo Boss.
Accessories and beauty brands includes Ace & Tate, IWC, Watches of Switzerland, David Clulow, ROX, MAC Cosmetics, L’Occitane, Jo Malone London, and Space NK.
Battersea Power Station Development Company (BPSDC) announced last month that 90% of its commercial space has been let, with 85% of the retail and leisure space exchanged or under offer.
Simon Murphy, CEO at developer BPSDC, said: “It has taken a lot of hard work, determination, and the continued commitment of the Malaysian shareholders over the past ten years to bring Battersea Power Station back to its former glory.”
“This is the culmination of a 40-year-journey, from decline to decay, to rack and ruin and now restoration, revival and rejuvenation with a new community being formed and thousands of jobs being created. The icon is reborn.”
Also opening on October 14 is a new pedestrianised high street called Electric Boulevard running from the south of the power station to the new Battersea Power Station underground station.