Lots Road Power Station began operations in 1905, claiming to be the largest power station ever built, it soon powered most of the London Underground as well as serving several other works and facilities. It was remodelled in the 1920s to cope with increased demand, survived the bombing raids of the Second World War, revamped again in the 1970s for environmental reasons and finally in 2002, after more than 90 years of operation, the longest serving power station in the world was decommissioned.
Retired, but not yet finished ….. it is once again being remodelled; this time forming the centrepiece of the £1 billion Chelsea Waterfront regeneration project. At 275ft the chimneys were at one time the tallest in Europe but they will soon be dwarfed by the two residential skyscrapers currently under construction.
I wanted to try and capture something of it’s architectural elegance and pay tribute to its longevity.
(All images are copyright to Noeline Smith)