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13 Jan 2012 177 views
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Staying with the link of the Thames, a more industrial view. The power station, the largest brick building in Europe, built in the 1930s. it ceased operation in 1983. Since the station's 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 bought it for £400 million in November 2006. In November 2010, REO was granted permission to refurbish the station for public use and build 3,400 homes across the site and this now looks in doubt as the banks have been called in.

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A super picture John. I found your narrative very interesting. I was surprised to learn that this was the largest brick building in Europe.
John Prior: 64 million bricks I'm told, one would imagine most building of this size would be constructed from concrete and steel. Thanks Frances
wowza ... now that's an ominous looking building!
John Prior: Has that art deco thirties look, rather iconic smile
An amazing building. They're going to have to blow out a few windows if they want people to live there!
John Prior: I think the intention is to use the surrounding land for housing. I would imagine that the Irish company redeveloping it has been hit by the financial crisis in Ireland, so this might end up yet another abandoned redevelopment.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 13 Jan 2012, 08:30
How could something so industrial looks so gorgeous, John! YOU, of course, are the answer!
John Prior: It is indeed Iconic and in some ways one of the most impressive structures in London, thanks Ginnie
It is a wonderful building that must be kept! Your picture does it full justice John
John Prior: Totally agree Bill, prefer it to Westminster any day, cheers smile
very well done, good industrial shot
John Prior: Thanks Chantal, an iconic structure.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 13 Jan 2012, 09:07
I hate to use the word iconic: but this is John - and I never realised it is Europe's largest brick building either
John Prior: It is indeed Chris, a pity its future was not made secure a long time ago. I can't imagine it being redeveloped anytime soon.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 13 Jan 2012, 09:43
53 chimneys and 64 million bricks. I hope they don;'t pull it down John.
John Prior: I agree, it must have some sort of preservation notice on it though, as the land alone would be very valuable.
It didn't look like this on the Pink Floyd record album
John Prior: Cheers Richard, used as a location for many media things smile
It is a fine building, but I feel since closure it has become a bit of a white elephant.
John Prior: A difficult structure to develop, but seen as an important one by many. I think it's a fantastic landmark that makes a lot of other London buildings look insignificant by comparison.
  • Linda
  • United Kingdom
  • 13 Jan 2012, 15:33
Your image makes the building look even more outstanding, great detail smile
John Prior: Thank you, a very symbolic building Linda.
  • Krunal
  • India
  • 15 Jan 2012, 07:16
wonderful...looks very different from the Pink Floyd album pic.
John Prior: Yes indeed smile Thanks Krunai
I always had a fascination for this factory... Great process to show it!
Have a nice day.

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