(Above) The site of the Battersea Power Station in London and (below) how it looks inside.
Robert Bird Group, a member of the Surbana Jurong Group, is celebrating the historic opening of London’s Battersea Power Station, which has been sitting dormant for nearly 40 years. The Power Station doors were recently opened after a transformative restoration over eight years. The revitalised precinct is set to become one of London’s most exciting residential, office retail and leisure destinations. From the 1930s to the 1980s, Battersea Power Station was a working coal-fired power station that used to supply electricity to landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace in London.
RBG was invited to the project team in 2016, in a once-in-a-generation opportunity to to contribute to changing the face of an iconic piece of London history. Phase 2 of the precinct redevelopment includes the re-purposing of the power station structure into a truly mixed-use development including retail space, Appel’s European HQ, an entertainment venue, and luxury apartments.
Through its Value Engineering Consultant role, the RBG team contributed significant cost optimisations in the structural works packages alongside project structural engineers Buro Happold, as well as working with the primary contractor Mace and construction specialist IPD to facilitate accelerations in the construction programme.
The RBG team went to great lengths to support the preservation of the historical character of the building. RBG was critical to the adoption of a repair strategy for the heritage brick façade and its embedded steel frame, that avoided having to intrusively cut kilometres of grooves into the mortar beds of the precious existing brickwork. RBG also developed a strategy to repair and strengthen the original roof of Turbine Hall A, which meant that it could be retained rather than replaced with a replica. The team is hugely proud of our contribution to the collective achievements of so many, that seen this project successfully delivered. Read more
Jason Langer| Group Managing Director – Projects
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