Battersea Power Station, London, UK

The iconic four chimney layout of Batersea Power Station is instantly recognisable, but the real gem is the stunning controls rooms hidden away inside.

Battersea Power Station, London UK
 

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As the iconic four chimneys and the shell of Battersea Power Station begin a phase of redevelopment we decided it was time to get down to London and take a look around the place. Everyone will instantly recognise the exterior, but few have seen the Art Deco ‘Control room A’, or the later stainless steel ‘Control Room B’. Even fewer get to As the iconic four chimneys and the shell of Battersea Power Station begin a phase of redevelopment we decided it was time to get down to London and take a look around the place. Everyone will instantly recognise the exterior, but few have seen the Art Deco ‘Control room A’, the later stainless steel ‘Control Room B’ or the grand Art-Deco Directors Entrance.

History of Battersea Power Station

Battersea Power Station is a decommissioned coal-fired power station located on the south bank of the River Thames, in Battersea, an inner-city district of South West London. It comprises two individual power stations, built in two stages in the form of a single building. Battersea A Power Station was built in the 1930s, with Battersea B Power Station to its east in the 1950s. The two stations were built to an identical design, providing the well-known four-chimney layout. The station ceased generating electricity in 1983, but over the past 50 years it has become one of the best known landmarks in London and is Grade II* listed.

Control Room A

Battersea Power Station - The huge A-Side Control Room

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Battersea Power Station – The huge A-Side Control Room

Battersea Power Station - Control panels

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Battersea Power Station – Control panels

Battersea Power Station - Control room desks

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Battersea Power Station – Control room desks

Battersea Power Station - Control desks in the Art Deco Control Room A

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Battersea Power Station – Control desks in the Art Deco Control Room A

Battersea Power Station - Dusty control desk

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Battersea Power Station – Dusty control desk

Battersea Power Station - Controls

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Battersea Power Station – Controls

Battersea Power Station - Comms system and papers

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Battersea Power Station – Comms system and papers

Battersea Power Station - Central command desk

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Battersea Power Station – Central command desk

Battersea Power Station - Central control station

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Battersea Power Station – Central control station

Battersea Power Station - Central desks

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Battersea Power Station – Central desks

Battersea Power Station - Power Factor Meter

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Battersea Power Station – Power Factor Meter

Battersea Power Station - Dial detail

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Battersea Power Station – Dial detail

Battersea Power Station - Back of the control panels

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Battersea Power Station – Back of the control panels

Battersea Power Station - Synchroscope

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Battersea Power Station – Synchroscope

Battersea Power Station - Log Sheets

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Battersea Power Station – Log Sheets

Battersea Power Station - Control Room Feeder Log Sheet dated November 1977

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Battersea Power Station – Control Room Feeder Log Sheet dated November 1977

Battersea Power Station - Synchroscope in B-Side Switch Room

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Battersea Power Station – Synchroscope in B-Side Switch Room

Switch Room / Control Room B

Battersea Power Station - Stainless Steel Control / Switch Room B

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Stainless Steel Battersea Power Station – Control / Switch Room B

Battersea Power Station - Synchroscopes

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Battersea Power Station – Synchroscopes

Battersea Power Station - Control Room B

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Battersea Power Station – Control Room B

Battersea Power Station - Switched and dial detail

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Battersea Power Station – Switched and dial detail

Battersea Power Station - Dials

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Battersea Power Station – Dials

Battersea Power Station - Amperes meter

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Battersea Power Station – Amperes meter

The rest of the building

Battersea Power Station - Steel structure of the huge building

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Battersea Power Station – Steel structure of the huge building

Battersea Power Station - Old equipment still in place

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Battersea Power Station – Old equipment still in place

Battersea Power Station - Dock cranes

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Battersea Power Station – Dock cranes

Battersea Power Station - Bronze doors

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Battersea Power Station – Bronze doors

Battersea Power Station - The bronze doors depict "energy personified"

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Battersea Power Station – The bronze doors depict “energy personified”

Battersea Power Station - The iconic chimneys from the roof

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Battersea Power Station – The iconic chimneys from the roof

London Rooftops - Battersea Power Station and the City of London

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London Rooftops – Battersea Power Station and the City of London

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