Since it was decommissioned in 1983, Battersea Power Station has stood derelict on the south bank of the River Thames, now it finds itself at the core of one of London’s most eagerly anticipated new developments in the Nine Elms area.
The £9 billion development will see the creation of a vibrant, mixed-use facility, a new residential neighbourhood and a business quarter, at its heart is the restoration of the Grade II listed Power Station.
Turbine Hall A, which was built in the 1930s and evokes the lavish Art Deco glamour of its era will be home to the Premium Collection, brands that portray elegance, sophistication, and timeless style.*
Dearneside Fabrication are currently working as the principal architectural metalwork contractor on this true Landmark project.
Imported 3D cloud point provides accuracy
The new mild steel painted steel bridge structure is suspended from the original Turbine Hall A gantry crane. The gantry crane was moved into position along its tracks, locked and then 3D cloud point surveyed which was imported into the Tekla Structures bridge model for accurate positioning of connections. The Bridge is suspended from Macalloy stainless steel hangers fixed to the gantry crane along its length and fixed at either end to the Turbine Hall and Boiler House walls.
The bridge slopes between the two buildings and does not run parallel to the gantry crane so every hanger is a bespoke length. Dearneside installation team installed Macalloy brackets to the underside of the gantry crane at existing rivet positions. The gantry crane required additional strengthening works within its framework all hidden from view. The bridge has structural glazing along its full span as well as precast bespoke concrete floor planks with integral glass block features.
Important points or benefits:
- Bridge weight: 15500kg
- Bridge span: 25m
- Material used: Mild steel, stainless steel, aluminium, brass, concrete, neoprene, polycarbonate and glass!
- Stainless steel Macalloy tension bars: 66, each a bespoke length
- Glass blocks: 360
- Glazing panels existing: 36
- Gantry crane modelled including 1404 hot rivets!