Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Battersea Power Station Listed Cranes Shipped Downriver Ahead of Schedule

Barge Transport Manages Clearance Six Weeks Early
Shipping News Feature

UK – For over thirty years London residents and tourists have gazed upon the iconic chimneys of Battersea Power Station languishing on the South Bank awaiting the breath of restoration. This week the sections of the two cranes from the site were shipped into the Port of Tilbury by barge six weeks ahead of schedule, hopefully a trend that will continue with the rest of the development.

The project to temporarily relocate the Battersea cranes, which both have listed status, to the Port of Tilbury is now almost complete with only one barge movement remaining. The cranes are to be refurbished and temporarily stored as work continues on the original site.

Constructed in the 1930’s the Power Station chimneys extend to a height of a hundred metres making for a familiar landmark. Now, after several aborted attempts to inject life into the site plans are well ahead in turning the 40+ acre site into 4,000 new homes plus almost 500,000 square metres of shops, restaurants and offices, together with a public park and marketing the site has now commenced.

The barge carrying the cranes was named appropriately The Battersea Power following a competition among local schoolchildren which was won by Maryam Ali, eight, from Chesterton Primary School. The cranes are due for reinstallation in 2017 and the intention is to continue to use the waterways to clear spoil from the Northern Line Extension tunnelling works now the cranes have been removed. A statement from the Port of Tilbury said:

“The inaugural London Construction Link project, which is a collaboration between Tilbury and construction specialists Walsh, is an impressive six weeks ahead of schedule and has been a successful demonstration in using water-borne transport to relieve congestion on the London’s roads. The use of the river is a real business advantage for construction projects beside or near the Thames.”

Photo: Unloading at Tilbury