Built in the early 1930s, this iconic structure, with its four distinctive chimneys, was created to meet the energy demands of the new age. Sir Giles Gilbert Scott – the man who also designed what is now Tate Modern and brought the red telephone box to London – was hired by the London Power Company to create this first of a new generation of ‘superstations’, with the building beginning to produce power for the capital in 1933.
Battersea Power Station was – and is – so much more besides. Gilbert Scott lifted it from the prosaic into the sublime by incorporating lavish touches such as the building’s majestic bronze doors and impressive wrought-iron staircase leading to the art deco control room. Here, amongst the controls which are still in situ today, those in charge of London’s electricity supply could enjoy the marble-lined walls and polished parquet flooring. Down in the turbine hall below, meanwhile, the station’s giant walls of polished marble would later prompt observers to liken the building to a Greek temple devoted to energy.
Over the course of its life, Battersea Power Station has been instilled in the public consciousness, not least when Pink Floyd famously adopted it for its Animals album cover and launch in 1977. As a result of its popularity, a great deal of energy has been expended in protecting this landmark.
Following the decommissioning of the ‘A’ station in 1975, the whole structure was listed at Grade II in 1980 before, in 1983, the B station was also closed. Since that time, and following the listing being upgraded to a Grade II* status in 2007, Battersea Power Station has become almost as famous for plans heralding its future as for its past. Until now, that is.
The transformation of Battersea Power Station – this familiar and much-loved silhouette on the London skyline – is set to arrive, along with the regeneration and revitalisation of this forgotten corner of central London. History is about to be made once more.
Sime Darby is a Malaysia-based diversified multinational involved in key growth sectors, namely, plantation, industrial equipment, motors, property and energy & utilities. Founded in 1910, its business divisions seek to create positive benefits in the economy, environment and society where it has a presence. Supported by a workforce of over 100,000 employees in over 20 countries, Sime Darby is committed to building a sustainable future for all its stakeholders.
Sime Darby Property, the property arm of Sime Darby, is an established integrated property group, focused on becoming the leading developer of sustainable communities, in line with Sime Darby’s brand positioning of developing sustainable futures. The core businesses of the division are property development and property investment. Apart from Malaysia, it has a global reach that encompasses assets and operations in Australia, Singapore, United Kingdom and Vietnam.
Since its incorporation in 1974, S P Setia has been a household name in Malaysia’s property development industry. The group is recognised as Malaysia’s leading listed real estate player with a portfolio that encompasses new towns, eco sanctuaries, luxury enclaves, high-rise residences, integrated commercial and retail developments
In 2013, S P Setia was ranked No.1 in The Edge Malaysia Top Property Developers Awards for the 8th time, the only developer to have achieved this feat since the inception of the awards. S P Setia is also the only Malaysian developer to be recognised five times by the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI) for three Best Master Plan Developments, one Best Residential (Low-Rise) Development and a Best Purpose- Built/ Specialised Project award.
The Group’s strength lies in its prowess in creating meaningful environments based on its development philosophy of Live Learn Work Play. Having built a solid base in Malaysia, S P Setia began spreading its wings overseas in the last six years and is now in Vietnam, Australia, Singapore, China, Indonesia and the United Kingdom. Battersea Power Station is being redeveloped by an international consortium with a proven track record. The project is driven by backing from Malaysia’s most well respected and successful property development and investment businesses, S P Setia Berhad, Sime Darby, and Employees Provident Fund.
Established in 1951, the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) is Malaysia’s premier retirement savings fund serving more than 13 million members and is ranked among the largest sovereign pension funds in the world. The EPF provides retirement benefits for members through management of their savings in an efficient and reliable manner.
Members’ contributions are invested in a number of approved financial instruments to generate income. They include Malaysian Government Securities, Money Market Instruments, Loans & Bonds, Equities, and Real Estate & Infrastructure. The EPF is also directly involved in financing national infrastructure projects to provide facilities and amenities to the public such as highways and airports.