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Battersea Power Station is a decommissioned coal-fired power station
located on the south bank of the River Thames, in Battersea, South
London. The station comprises two individual power stations, built in
two stages in the form of a single building. Battersea A Power Station
was built first in the 1930s, with Battersea B Power Station to its
east in the 1950s. The two stations were built to an identical design,
providing the well known four-chimney layout. The station ceased
generating electricity in 1983, but over the past 50 years it has
become one of the best known landmarks in London and is Grade II*
listed. The station's celebrity owes to numerous cultural appearances,
which include a shot in The Beatles' 1965 movie Help! and being used
in the cover art of Pink Floyd's 1977 album Animals.
Since closure the site has remained largely unused, with numerous failed redevelopment plans from successive site owners. The site is currently owned by Irish company Real Estate Opportunities (REO), who purchased it for £400 million in November 2006. In November 2010, REO were granted permission to refurbish the station for public use and build 3,400 homes across the site.
The station is the largest brick building in Europe and is notable for its original, lavish Art Deco interior fittings and decor. However, the building's condition has been described as "very bad" by English Heritage, who include the power station on its Buildings at Risk Register. In 2004, while the redevelopment project was stalled, and the building remained derelict, the site was listed on the 2004 World Monuments Watch by the World Monuments Fund