Battersea – giving a beloved London landmark a new lease of life

Battersea power station

In 2013, it was announced that the Grade Two listed Battersea Power Station would be redeveloped as a luxury and mixed-use development. The former coal-fired power station is the largest brick building in Europe and is an instantly recognisable landmark of the London skyline. It has lain redundant for several decades before this announcement. The Battersea redevelopment plans are exciting and innovative, and will maintain a landmark of the London skyline.

Taking place over seven phases, the £400 million redevelopment will include the building of 866 new homes in this aspirational part of South West London. The first phase is due for completion in 2016.

The project is being led by Carillion and comprises a substantial area. The project obviously entails reinvigorating the Battersea building itself, which includes maintaining and restoring many of the original features. The first phase due for completion next year should see an eight storey apartment block in the South graduating to eighteen storeys in height at maximum before reducing back to twelve storeys as it hits the North of the block. Also included in this first phase is the development of substantial landscaping.

Battersea Redevelopment Plans - Supporting the future

As SIG Construction Accessories and Carillion have worked together on several projects, the contractors came to Dan Dixon, National Account Manager, who worked with Simon McManus, SIG CA Business Development Manager, to provide a range of SIG products for the build.

A particular highlight amongst the range of key products SIG provided were the Couplers. Simon McManus explains their value:

"There are lapped joints in structures that are not always suitable for connecting rebar. In these instances, couplers are sought after to simplify the design and help reinforce the concrete of the structure.

Competition is always fierce when specifying couplers, and together with Ancon we provided the most cost effective solutions in regards to installation, while the product itself is of the highest quality."

The Ancon MBT Couplers SIG CA provided are easy to install, and achieve impressive failure loads – higher than 115% of the characteristic yield strength of a grade 500 reinforcing bar. They are useful for joining imperial, plain round or deformed reinforcing bars, and they require no end preparation to the threads.

Providing bespoke fire protection

As well as the Couplers, SIG CA also provided technical expertise for a bespoke Promate fire protection package. Simon went on to explain that...

"After speaking to Carillion about the fire protection products needed on the project, it was clear that they required a product to fire protect the Ancon couplers which had been specified. It was a special bespoke product made specifically for this job, the Promat fire protection used was developed via Ancon as they had to work with Promat on the design and check that it was suitable and fit for purpose."

Ian Lockett, Area Salesman who was also involved explains, "The collaboration was to ensure the load connectors and the fire rated movement joint operated as a single entity, thus satisfying the criteria set out by the client."

Offering a flexible delivery service to Carillion (as the site is in Central London) allowed bulk orders to be delivered to this busy site as and when they were required.

Our Key Offerings:

  • Ancon MBT Couplers were used to simply the design.
  • MBT Couplers are easy to install.
  • Ancon couplers protected by bespoke Promat fire protection product.
  • Flexible deliveries offered to central London.