New openings at the exciting new riverside neighborhood for London since last October include the 2,230 sq m Arcade Food Hall, Apple Battersea, Bounce Ping Pong, LEGO®, The Cinema in the Power Station, ME+EM, Scamp & Dude, MALIN+GOETZ, Arc’teryx, Office Shoes, M&S Foodhall, A.P.C., NOCI Pasta, Jigsaw, Penhaligon’s, Under Armour and many more.
Battersea Power Station’s unique chimney lift experience, Lift 109, which opened in November 2022, has since ascended the building’s northwest chimney nearly 20,000 times, travelling 2000 km which is twice the length of the United Kingdom. The attraction has also hosted a series of sell-out events as part of its ‘Lift 109 Lates’ offering including ‘Sundown Sessions’ and ‘Full Moon Manifestation Workshops’.
Battersea Power Station has also become the first-choice destination for brands to host large-scale, immersive activations. Major events have included the Aperol Spritz Aperidisco pop-up, and a special sound and light show by world-renowned watch brand Jaeger-LeCoultre featuring a new soundtrack, specially composed for the show, by musician TØKIO M¥ERS. It was also announced recently that Battersea Power Station will be London’s only official fan zone for the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics following the success of the neighborhood’s new sports and games-themed event, The Battersea Games.
Further establishing Battersea Power Station as a lively mixed-used destination, 52,490 sq m of office space in the Power Station has been occupied by Apple, SharkNinja and The Engine Room, an innovative co-working space by IWG.
Battersea Power Station’s office offering will expand further in 2023 with the completion of 50 Electric Boulevard, an 18,580 sq m state-of-the-art office building designed by world-renowned architects, Foster + Partners. The BREEAM Outstanding workplace has been designed with wellbeing and frictionless smart tech at its heart, including a 167 sq m communal urban roof garden and a 371 sq m amenity pavilion with trees and giant skylights.
Use of public transport to the riverside neighborhood has increased significantly since the Power Station opened to the public last October. Entries and exits to Battersea Power Station Underground Station have more than doubled year-on-year, exceeding 8 million taps in and out over the past 12 months. Meanwhile, passenger embarkations for the Uber Boat by Thames Clippers river bus service have increased by 70% year-on-year, and disembarkations have grown by 85% year-on-year, with over 605,000 passengers in the past 12 months.
Openings still to come at Battersea Power Station in 2023 include the UK’s first tashas, a much-loved café concept that started in South Africa, Searcy’s Champagne Bar, following their successful popup inside the Power Station, and Borough Kitchen Cook Shop & Cook School. Boots will also debut its first beauty-only store at Battersea Power Station later this year.
A new collection of 204 apartments designed by Foster + Partners, Koa at Electric Boulevard, is also due to be complete by the end of 2023, growing the community of over 2,500 residents who already live at Battersea Power Station.
“The opening of the Power Station and Electric Boulevard in October 2022 after a decade of careful and transformational restoration was an extraordinary achievement, and testament to the commitment of our shareholders. “It has been amazing to witness Battersea Power Station become the vibrant and thriving riverside neighborhood it is today, and we are proud to have reached the milestone of welcoming over 11 million visitors. We never stand still and will continue to expand what this new town center has to offer in the coming months and years”, says Simon Murphy, CEO at Battersea Power Station Development Company.