Decommissioned in the 1980s, Battersea Power Station was once a working power station responsible for keeping a fifth of London running, including prestigious landmarks like Buckingham Palace.

The building was granted Grade-II* status and became a regular sightseeing spot, as well as a staple of the London skyline. The building had been left unused for decades, and now it’s being brought back to life magnificently.

In this article, we explore all the changes being made to Battersea Power Station and unveil the opportunities it will offer the local community.

Once you’ve discovered all the amazing changes underway, you can simply board the River Bus, operated by Uber Boat by Thames Clippers, and head over to Battersea Power Station Pier and witness its rejuvenation with your own eyes!

Bringing life back to Battersea Power Station

The £9billion Battersea Power Station Project aims to create a 15-minute live, work and play neighbourhood for the local community, acting as the new town centre for the area.

This extensive 8-phase project is set to see the power station become the new business hub for the capital and a new leisure attraction for both Londoners and tourists alike.

As well as giving Battersea Power Station some much needed TLC, this project will also boost the local community, providing new outdoor spaces, thousands of new homes and creating over 17,000 new job opportunities (so far!).

Battersea Power Station Credit Jason Hawkes (2)

Phase 1 – Circus West Village

Phase 1 of the Battersea Power Station project – the establishment of Circus West Village – was opened to the public in 2017 and is now home to thousands of people.

Circus West Village contains over 800 homes as well as over 20 businesses. These businesses bring the community several bars, restaurants, fitness, and entertainment options – such as a cinema – The Cinema in the Arches, the DNA VR experience, The Turbine Theatre and the famous Gordon Ramsey Street Pizza Restaurant.

Regular events are also hosted in the village, which welcomes on average 3 million visitors every year.

Phase 2 – Battersea Power Station

The second phase of the project consists of the renovation of the power station itself. This phase of work is expected to bring over 250 new homes, offices and over 100 new shops, restaurants, bars and entertainment options – while retaining the classic look and majesty of the power station.  

Apple will also be opening its new London Campus inside the historic icon, they will be the largest office tenant (across 6 floors!).

Battersea Power Station is due to be open to the public in September 2022, but a brand-new play area for the local community opened in March

The Prospect Park Playground is a colourful area open between 8.00 am – 8.00 pm and is designed for children of all ages, so they can discover new elements as they grow up.

Prospect Park (Bps) ©Bablands.London

The revolutionary chimney lift

Possibly the most exciting development to come with this phase of work, a chimney lift will be installed in the North West Chimney of the power station.

The lift will take around 30 people offering them a 360-degree view of the London skyline, 109 metres above the ground, and a chance to see Battersea Power Station like never before.

The chimney lift will open to the public in September 2022, along with the rest of Battersea Power Station.

How to get to Battersea Power Station

Battersea Power Station is located on the south bank of the River Thames, so travelling by River Bus is the perfect way to visit. You will get unparalleled views of the power station

You can travel between Battersea Power Station Pier and Central London in just 20 minutes with Uber boat by Thames Clippers. 

Getting tickets is easy. You can either buy your tickets on the pier or save money and buy them online, use your Oyster or contactless card, buy them through the Thames Clippers Tickets or Uber apps.

BPS river roundel

Visit Battersea Power Station

Don’t just take our word for it! Experience the iconic chimneys in person and discover what the new developments of Battersea Power Station have to offer.

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