As the new shopping centre in the Turbine Halls nears completion
The Turbine Halls get ready for retail. Picture: Battersea Power Station
Calvin Klein, Ray-Ban, Aesop and Ralph Lauren are among the latest top-end retailers signing up to floorspace in the old Turbine Halls in Battersea Power Station.
Luxury apartments in the Grade II listed building are already selling, while Apple is set to move 1,400 employees to its sixth floor ‘Campus’ which is currently being fitted out.
Over 80 percent of commercial space in the Power Station has been let, with the two completely restored Turbine Halls due to house the likes of Lacoste, Mango, The Body Shop, Reiss, Gant, L’Occitane, Jo Malone, Hugo Boss and Watches of Switzerland.
Simon Murphy, Chief Executive Officer of the Battersea Power Station Development Company, said: “Our vision was always to bring together an eclectic mix of brands, services and experiences that provide unforgettable experiences and memories for everyone who visits, whether they are there to live, work or play, and we cannot wait to open the doors to everyone next year.”
An artist’s impression of the new shopping centre. Picture: Battersea Power Station
A 25,000 square foot all-day Food Hall will also be opening in the Boiler House, while Japanese patisserie Kovais to appear this autumn as a stand-alone store offering fine Japanese and French teas and delicacies.
Before its complete redevelopment the main body of the Power Station - including the Turbine Halls which once housed the vast generators that spun day and night to supply power to London – had laid dormant since 1983 when it was decommissioned. Although it has since been used, on occasions, as an events venue – probably most notably for Sky Digital’s glittering launch in 1998 – most of the time it has laid empty and slowly decaying.
London architects Wilkinson Eyre were appointed in 2013 to refurbish the icon Grade II listed structure, with the four chimneys and the Turbine Halls remaining the dominant features of the building: “The designs respect the integrity of the historic landmark whilst also creating a new state-of-the-art events space; shops, restaurants and cafés.”
Despite social distancing and the nationwide lockdown of 2020 delaying construction, the newly refurbished build is due to open to the public in 2022. Operators the Battersea Power Station Development Company say the Power Station will house more than 100 shops, bars and restaurants as well as leisure and events spaces, including the glass elevator Chimney Lift Experience.
Sam Cotton, Head of Leasing at Battersea Power Station Development Company, said, “Battersea Power Station is well on its way to becoming one of the most prominent new neighbourhoods in the world and to have this endorsed by such an impressive collection of British and international brands is testament to the continued appeal of this unique project.”
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October 26, 2021