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Battersea power station

imageWork has been progressing on one of London’s most striking landmarks and also it’s most neglected. It’s a rare piece of architecture that entices you to stare each and every time you pass with sight whether it be from the embankment or snaking out of Victoria station by train. Even in semi dereliction Battersea  power station stood proud and strikingly dominant over its immediate surroundings. In essence it was and is a genuinely beautiful piece of art.

Like all great art and especially architecture, it is enhanced by its immeadiate surroundings. The wide open spaces and the curve of the river were perfect so with th unarguable case for preservation it would have been expected that such context would have been taken into account

No chance. Redevelopment is very much in progress and the results are ugly and completely out of tune as well as being nigh on disrespectful. Hemmed in on all sides by yet more riverside apartments the impression given is that of a great elder statesman being mugged by ugly upstarts

Sure the development was required in some form or another to enable preservation but surely once in a while maximising the bottom line should come second to the great pleasure that great public art can give the millions who have gazed at this stunning structure.


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