Battersea power station: timeline of a modern classic

<span>Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters</span>
Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Battersea power station was built in two phases, as a collaboration between the architects Theo Halliday and Sir Giles Gilbert Scott.

Halliday was responsible for the overall shape and the interior.

Scott – who also designed the red telephone box and Bankside power station, now home of Tate Modern – was responsible for the exterior.


Construction begins on the first turbine hall.


Electricity generation begins.


Construction of turbine hall B begins.


The power station is decommissioned.


John Broome, one of Margaret Thatcher’s favourite businessmen and chair of Alton Towers, pays £1.5m for the site, with plans to transform it into a theme park.


Broome sells the site to the Hong Kong developer Victor Hwang, whose Parkview company enlists Nicholas Grimshaw, the designer of the Eden Project. His ideas include a railway station, luxury flats, a home for the circus troupe Cirque du Soleil, a cinema and two hotels.


The Irish property tycoons Johnny Ronan and Richard Barrett acquire the site through a subsidiary called Real Estate Opportunities. Plans include a futuristic 300-metre glass funnel and atrium rising from a transparent dome, designed by the New York-based architect Rafael Viñoly.


Battersea power station goes into receivership.


Chelsea FC publishes plans for a 60,000-seat stadium in the power station, despite not being selected as the preferred bidder.


A consortium of Malaysian investors buys the site for £400m from the receivers.


Work begins on phase 1, Circus West Village, a collection of flats, shops and restaurants next to the power station.


Phase 2 begins, with work on the power station including chimney replacement.


Circus West Village is completed and the first residents move in.


The power station’s first residents move in in May; the new tube station opens in September.


The power station opens to the public on 14 October.