PRESS RELEASE: Battersea Power Station upgraded to II*
3rd October 2007
Listing grade increased to Grade II* following four year campaign by BPSCG
The listing grade of Battersea Power Station has been upgraded from grade II to grade II* following a four year campaign by BPSCG.
The upgrade to grade II* puts Battersea Power Station in the top 6% of listed buildings, defining it as being of "more than special" architectural and historic importance.
We were contacted by the DCMS yesterday with the news that the upgrade has been confirmed by Margaret Hodge, the Culture Minister. The upgrade is effective as of today 3rd October 2007.
The DCMS has issued a press release here: http://tinyurl.com/2hhlrd
The application was made in December 2003 by BPSCG member Keith Garner. The application was supported by the Battersea Society, Twentieth Century and the World Monuments Fund in Britain.
English Heritage inspectors visited the building in August 2004 and January 2005 and advised the DCMS that the building was worthy of upgrading to grade II*.
However the proposal was opposed by the then owners of the building, Parkview International, who claimed that it would hamper their efforts to redevelop the site. Parkview sold the building in November 2006 to Irish developers Real Estate Opportunities for £400million pounds, walking away with £250 million of clear profit.
BPSCG Chairman Brian Barnes said: " We are delighted at this news and would like to thank everyone who supported the upgrade. We hope that Real Estate Opportunities will respect the listing by carrying out all necessary works to reverse the damage and dereliction of the Parkview years".
Brian Barnes 020 7627 5821
Keith Garner 07876 163638.
Posted on 4th October 2007
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