Future of Battersea Power Station as ‘successful event space’
Battersea Power Station has been one of London’s most recognisable landmarks since 1933 when station A was completed and began producing electricity for the city.
It was a working station until 1983 when the dark realities of post-industrialism were realised and concerns were raised about the health issues related to burning coal.
After its closure, Battersea Power Station changed hands numerous times, once event being bought by Battersea Leisure: Theme Park, Parkview and Treasury Holdings, but to no avail. The site remained in a derelict state until 2012, when three private investors, SP Setia, Sime Darby Property (both from Malaysia) and EPF bought the station.
Its regeneration was imagined by renowned architect, Rafael Vinoly and Battersea Power Station’s new chapter began unfolding.
The regeneration project is being completed in eight phases, beginning with the Circus West Village which is now home to more than 1,000 residents, shops, bars, restaurants, a gym and an artisan florist.
It’s currently undergoing phase two which focuses on breathing new life into the power station, including opening new event spaces, operated by unique event venues specialist, Camm & Hooper.
“Camm & Hooper were a natural fit for us given their proven experience of transforming unique London buildings into successful event spaces,” said Helen Carr head of F&B and leisure at BPS told M&IT.
“Their track record coupled with their understanding and respect for iconic heritage buildings was really what clinched the deal for them. The team are all highly experienced and their passion for Battersea Power Station was also evident from our first meeting with them. It’s been great to work with them on the journey so far and I can’t wait to see these unique event spaces come to life.”
Clients will be able to hire out Generator Hall, Control Room A and a further three spaces including a terrace with expansive riverside views which, together, will be known as Battersea Power House.
The Generator Hall is an expansive triple-height space with a capacity of 1,400. As well as being one of the largest venues in London, the lovingly restored space will become a top entertainment destination where guests can enjoy a unique experience.
“At Camm & Hooper one of our core values is to bring fun and a little quirkiness to everything we do,” said Debra Ward, managing director, Camm & Hooper told M&IT.
“We are constantly seeking out big ideas and work with ambitious and hungry professionals so our clients can always expect and enjoy truly show-stopping events. With a completely new fit-out planned for all five spaces within Battersea Power House, retaining many of the original 1930s features, the venue will be a stunning backdrop, layered with our imagination, creativity and seamless service.”
Control Room A, the original control room built in the 1930s and restored to its original grandeur, includes numerous heritage features such as the original parquet flooring and dials that were once used to power a fifth of London’s electricity. The Art Deco interiors are recognisable from the many feature films in which the space has appeared, including The King’s Speech and Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life. It will have a capacity of 250 when fully restored – a perfect backdrop for fashion shows, weddings, dinners and receptions
The other three spaces within the main venue include a terrace with expansive riverside views and an intimate lounge area, which can also be used for standalone events.
“There truly is nothing else like this in London or indeed anywhere,” added Carr.
Visit Camm & Hooper’s website to find out more.