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It has been brought to our attention, that work has commenced upon removal of the four massive chimneys at London's charasmatic Battersea Power Station. The Battersea Power Station is not only an iconic figure among all Pink Floyd fans (as it featured prominently on the Animals album sleeve from 1977), but it is also a very prominent landmark on London's horizon.
Disturbing news came to light recently of a slight possibility that the chimneys may never be replaced. Thus destroying the dynamics, soul and charisma of this legendary piece of British architecture. Upon entering the official website of The Battersea Project it is made clear that all intentions are there in this exciting overhaul of the Battersea site to pull down the decaying old massive chimneys, and replace them with new modern style lightweight versions. The site is even currently calling for tenders to build the new chimneys.
But we are all very worried now, that a loophole will allow the developers to continue their project after the chimneys are removed, without ever replacing them, as the cost of replacement is likely to be extremely high. The following quote raised our concerns..
And now, with the complacent acquiescence of English Heritage, the celebrated landmark chimneys of Battersea Power Station, the first great temple of power by, again, the great Sir Giles Scott, are to come down. Parkview International, the Hong Kong-based developer which has presided over the neglect of the listed building for a dozen years, has rejected expert advice that the reinforced concrete chimneys can be repaired in situ and insist they must be replaced. Is there any guarantee that, once demolished, they will be rebuilt in replica (rather than leaving the power station as a derelict brick lump, ripe for demolition)? Why, no.
This has caused an uproar! The source of this quote and awful possibilty came from the people at Battersea Power Station Community Group, a passionate community attempting to preserve Battersea's best loved character.
So this page exists here to raise awareness of this horrible possibility, and to plead with the developers and council to hold true to their word that the soul of Battersea Power Station will remain intact. Please join our following and voice any of your concerns firmly. This is a distinct piece of London history and a piece of Pink Floyd history I'm sure none of us wants destroyed.
To voice your concerns and opinions please leave your full name & e-mail us now at:
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We are also calling upon anyone living close to the Battersea area to please take photos of the Battersea project progression so we are able to stay informed visually, with all stages of construction.
Please also send photos to (mail address deleted)
We will collate all concerns into a mass petition/statement to forward onto the developers and all concerned as soon as possible.
Thank you, Dion Johnson and Lee Smith