Battersea Power Station Development Company joins Future Cities Forum
Above: CGI of interior of the turbine hall with retail and restaurants (Courtesy Cushman & Wakefield for BPSDC)
Gordon Adams, Head of Planning and Public Affairs at Battersea Power Station Development Company (BPSDC), will be joining our May forum on 'arts and sciences districts' at Lambeth Palace Library, to talk about the successful opening of the re-modelled Turbine Hall and how the development has created high quality visitor attractions for this riverside regeneration project.
BPSDC has recently reported:
'Over 20 new shops, eateries and leisure experiences have opened inside the Power Station and on Electric Boulevard in the last six months with more exciting openings planned for 2023, including highly anticipated Arcade Food Hall.
'Riverside neighbourhood’s events programme is a big draw for visitors with London’s newest ice rink, GLIDE at Battersea Power Station, and annual Light Festival proving popular with the local community and visitors from further afield.
'Battersea Power Station has welcomed more than five million visitors and over 20 new shops, eateries and leisure venue openings, since the Grade II* listed building opened its doors to the public for the first time in history on 14th October 2022.
'New openings include Jigsaw, Under Armour, ME +EM, Kiehl’s, Hackett, IWC, Swatch, Reformation, Pinko, Bimba Y Lola, Theory, The North Face, Just Over The Top (JOTT), Penhaligon’s, The Cinema in the Power Station, David Clulow, Oseyo, Leon, itsu, M&S Food Hall and Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen and Bar.
'Smaller, independent retailers inside the Power Station have also been extremely popular with visitors since the opening. Neighbourhood bookstore, the Battersea Bookshop, has been a hit with families with over 6,509 children’s books flying off the shelves since October. Curated Makers, which sells homeware, candles, clothing and artwork from over 40 local independent small businesses, will be adding more London based ‘Makers’ to its roster due to its popularity amongst visitors including vegan friendly soaps from ‘The Naked Herb Soaps’, hand painted watercolour artworks by Ana Gallego, including one of the newly restored Power Station, and jewellery from Kam Creates.
'Since opening in November 2022, Battersea Power Station’s chimney lift experience, Lift 109, has transported visitors to the top of the Grade II* listed building’s north west chimney to soak up the beautiful 360 degree views approximately 7,029 times, which is the equivalent of 18 marathons.
'art’otel London Battersea Power Station began welcoming guests from mid-December and on 21st February 2023, the hotel’s rooftop bar and restaurant, JOIA, from acclaimed Portuguese chef, Henrique Sá Pessoa opened.
Simon Murphy, CEO at Battersea Power Station Development Company (BPSDC), said:
“It has been brilliant to see so many people visiting the new riverside neighbourhood we have created here at Battersea Power Station over the past six months. It was the aim of our shareholders to give the much-loved Power Station a new lease of life and to open it up for the public to enjoy. To have welcomed more than five million people down since the landmark opened has been a huge achievement and we look forward to welcoming more visitors throughout 2023 to discover the new stores opening, a greater food and drink offering, as well as lots of unique and family friendly events.”
'Battersea Power Station’s annual events programme has also proven to be a big draw for visitors since October 2022. From the ‘Festival of Power’ – a free five day family friendly event hosted to celebrate the historic milestone of the Power Station’s opening, which saw more than a quarter of a million people visit during the first weekend, to a spectacular series of Christmas community celebrations and London’s newest and only riverside ice-skating experience, GLIDE.
'The third annual Light Festival returned between mid-January and the beginning of March with eight spectacular pieces of artwork, curated in partnership with Light Art Collection, on display both outdoors and inside the iconic Grade II* listed Power Station.'