With construction work scheduled to begin this year to redevelop Battersea Power Station, Jonathan Makepeace reminds us of Battersea’s previous life supplying energy to the capital…

Interior of the turbine hall of Battersea ‘A’ Power Station

Interior of the turbine hall of Battersea ‘A’ Power Station, London, 1934
Architects: James Theodore Halliday and Sir Giles Gilbert Scott
Photographers: Dell & Wainwright
© Dell & Wainwright / RIBA British Architectural Library Photographs Collection

This view of the turbine hall shows its extraordinarily lavish interior as commissioned by the London Power Company as well as two of the three Metropolitan Vickers turbines used to generate electricity. The Fletton brick walls and giant pilasters above the turbine floor level are lined with terracotta slabs with a blue-grey tint and a black dado.

Jonathan Makepeace
Imaging Services Manager, British Architectural Library, RIBA

More photographs and drawings of Battersea Power Station can be seen on RIBApix.

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