Battersea Power Station
Get an early impression of the long-awaited transformation of London’s iconic Battersea Power Station, The Engine Room. Housed on the 2nd and 3rd floors, the design by bs;bp member Craig Welch turns the former industrial relic into a vibrant luxury co-working community.
Overlooking the impressive east and west turbine halls, you have views of the dramatic full-height south entrance atrium. Our client IWG will open in 2023 with this bespoke Business Club and flexible workspace for the top-end of the market.
Business club, flexible offices, meeting rooms, coworking community
bs;bp design team
Craig Welch, Maarten Jamin, Studio Sutton
Central Business Club, view towards the south atrium
The Engine Room
Our client IWG Plc (International Workplace Group) is the world’s leading provider of flexible workspace. They have several brands targeting different segments.
Watch the sneak peek here.
Due to the uniqueness of the Battersea Power Station, this is a special project that is designed as a one-off scheme. Therefor The Engine Room is a bespoke, non-branded location. The design is sympathetic to the building’s strong architectural character and material palette.
“I’ve always kept a close eye over the years on the various proposals for the redevelopment of the site. So when I was approached to design The Engine Room project for IWG I jumped at the chance!”
– Craig Welch| bs;bp member
The Business Club space incorporates a serviced café, work booths, bookable meeting rooms of different sizes as well as many varied co-working opportunities in the impressive heart of The Engine Room. There is 2,000 m2 of offices with 24/7 access spread over the 2nd and 3rd floors, flanking the 3rd-floor Business Club and central 2nd-floor Open Desk workspace.
The external offices have impressive views into the historic east and west turbine halls. Both wings are connected with an open balcony walkway on the 2nd floor overlooking the south entrance atrium.
The main material is cherry wood, which reflects the warm tones of the existing brickwork of the facade. The warm cherry wood finish of the central island connects to the colour tones of the existing brickwork. The characteristic brickwork can be viewed through the 8-meter-high perimeter glazing on the south facade. The black steel joinery elements reflect the finish of the structural beams, columns and glazing frames that run throughout the building.
The perimeter floor is a seamless industrial finish that is a continuation of other areas within the building including the east and west turbine halls. To soften the experience we have introduced coloured fabric-wrapped walls within the enclosures. There are impressive full-height curtains at the perimeter glazing that can be closed to form a private event space when required.
The transformed Battersea Power Station is more than a workplace. People can shop or dine in one of the restored turbine halls, which span three levels.
The halls have more than 100 retail units and eateries. Quite spectacular is the glass lift in the northwest chimney, which leads to a 360-degree viewing platform.