This week, I’ve journeyed from Vauxhall to Battersea Park and back again. Twice. The first time was on Sunday – but once again, the weather wasn’t great after I set off, and the photos looked rather flat. So I went back again a few days later, when the sun was shining.
The purpose of the visit was to photograph and film Battersea Power Station – I’ve been meaning to take photos for years! The iconic Art Deco building gained worldwide fame when it appeared on the cover of Pink Floyd’s “Animals” album in 1977.
The power station was decommissioned in 1983, and plans to develop a Disneyland-style theme park were abandoned in 1989 after costs escalated. The building lay abandoned and derelict until some time in 2014, when the latest development plans gained momentum.
From the outside, the site still looks abandoned – one of the chimneys was dismantled in 2014, with plans to re-build all four chimneys in the original style during the course of the project.
According to the developers, the 42-acre site will eventually house nearly four thousand apartments, three hotels, more than 250 shops and restaurants, leisure facilities, a six-acre riverside park and its own Underground station.
In the meantime, luxury apartment blocks are springing up along the river bank between Battersea Power Station and Vauxhall, and New Covent Garden market is being redeveloped.