London Borough of Wandsworth (LBW) signs off the South-West chimney rebuild work as the new chimney reaches a height of 25m above the brickwork.
Work will start imminently to dismantle and rebuild the other three chimneys. On behalf of the Battersea Power Station shareholders, Battersea Power Station Development Company (“BPSDC”) is pleased to confirm that the first of the four chimneys to be meticulously rebuilt has reached a level of 25m above the highest point of the wash tower brickwork. LBW’s independent engineer inspected the new chimney on 28 September 2015 and borough representatives have officially signed off that the chimney has reached 25m.
LBW appointed The Morton Partnership Ltd. as the preferred independent engineering practice to undertake the inspections of the chimney, as required by the Section 106 Legal Agreement for the redevelopment of the site. Inspections have also been carried out by Historic England – previously known as English Heritage – and LBW’s Building Control and Planning Officers. The rebuild team has also been working closely with officers to ensure they received regular updates and visibility of progress throughout the rebuild process.
Today’s confirmation that the required 25m height has been achieved means that work will commence shortly to carefully dismantle and then rebuild the other three chimneys. The rebuild programme is designed to ensure that the chimneys which soar above the Grade II* listed Power Station are safeguarded for future generations to enjoy.
Rob Tincknell, Chief Executive Officer at BPSDC, said: “Reaching the halfway point on the first chimney to be rebuilt is another significant milestone for everyone involved in the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station. We are very proud of this achievement and with work to start soon on the other three chimneys, I would like to offer the teams on site every best wish for the rest of the project.”
Cllr Ravi Govindia, Leader of Wandsworth Council, said: “These chimneys are a defining feature of the London skyline so as the local planning authority we have a profound duty of care to make sure the rebuilding process is a success. With each of these structures towering above the Power Station’s brickwork we also have to recognise that this is a truly unique engineering challenge.
“I’m delighted to confirm that the first major milestone has been reached and that the methods are proving successful. I want to thank everyone involved for the superb job they’ve done and I look forward to seeing this incredibly exciting project move forward apace.”
Edward Morton, Managing Director of The Morton Partnership Ltd., said: “We have monitored both the chimney dismantling work and subsequent rebuilding up to the halfway point for Wandsworth Council and are pleased to confirm our complete satisfaction with both the care and quality of work carried out.”
Images released today, show the South West chimney standing at 25m above the brickwork. With another 10m of new chimney lying inside the brick washtower, the South West chimney will be restored to its full height of 50m before the end of 2015. The rebuild programme that uses the same construction principles to ensure the new chimneys are rebuilt to be visually identical to the originals will conclude late summer 2016. Once the rebuild work is completed, all four chimneys will then be painted.
The rebuild programme has been undertaken by a group of specialist contractors including construction managers Skanska, Beroa Bierrum and Buro Happold Engineering. BPSDC is working with Historic England and LBW throughout the process of redeveloping the Grade II* listed Power Station to open it up to the public.
Nigel Barker, Planning Group Director for London at Historic England, said: “We are excited to see the delivery of this milestone stage. Our Historic Buildings Inspectors and Engineers have provided expert advice throughout the rebuild process so that the new chimneys match the originals as closely as possible. This demonstrates BPSDC’s commitment to the redevelopment of the Power Station which will safeguard its distinctive profile for the enjoyment of future generations of Londoners.”
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