New Battersea Power Station Bathroom Fit Out
Iconic Living is Here
It was once the cradle of modern aviation, then the mighty engine powering 20th-century London. It is the star of the big and small screen – a globally recognised design icon and landmark that is becoming one of the capital’s liveliest neighbourhoods. This is Battersea Power Station.
By the time serious work began on redeveloping the Power Station, the original chimneys had deteriorated beyond repair. They had sustained a great deal of damage from many years of channeling corrosive exhaust gases and from water ingress. Their reinforcement had also suffered due to the concrete having been made using salty Thames water during their construction.
It was decided, in cooperation with Historic England and Wandsworth Council, that the chimneys would have to be replaced. Work began on this in 2014. The dismantling was a complex project in which travelling rigs moved down, channelling debris down the centre of the old chimneys and safely out of the Power Station without damage to the building or danger to the workers restoring it. Much of the debris has since been re-used in the restoration programme.
The new chimneys were painstakingly constructed to resemble the originals. The only difference is that the metal reinforcement hidden within the concrete is arranged in a modern gridwork rather than the unusual helix-like arrangement found inside the old chimneys. The new concrete was allowed to set in layers, just as with the original chimneys, producing the distinctive horizontal rings.
EE Smith are currently fitting out approximately 500 luxury bathrooms across multiple areas of this prestigious project. We have been working extremely hard on site, alongside main contractor, MACE & were recently awarded the highly desirable ‘Contractor of the Month’. This was for our outstanding skills shown in health & safety across the job & displays our excellent level of execution in all that we do.