Battersea Power Station 

Get an early impression of The Engine Room, a transformation at the heart of London’s iconic Battersea Power Station. This project turns the former industrial relic into a vibrant luxury co-working community.

The Engine Room

The Engine Room is a bespoke Business Club with flexible workspace for the top-end of the market. It is housed in London’s iconic Battersea Power Station on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Overlooking the impressive east and west turbine halls, you have views of the dramatic full-height south entrance atrium. 

Watch the video animation now to get your sneak peek!

After entering the client’s domain at the Upper Ground floor lift lobby, you arrive at the main reception to the Engine Room on the 3rd floor. Here you will be greeted by the hosts of the centre and have direct access to the impressive central double-height Business Club overlooking the full-height south entrance atrium with its distinctive brick south facade.

Central Business Club, view towards the south atrium

Our client IWG Plc (International Workplace Group) is the world’s leading provider of flexible workspace. They have several brands targeting different segments. 

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, lead designer | member of bs;bp

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.

Battersea Power Station, The Engine Room: Central Business Club
Impressions of The Engine Room in Battersea Power Station

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.

360 view from 109 meters
Site visit to Battersea Power Station, before the public opening.
Glass Lift Battersea Power Station
Glass Lift Battersea Power Station
Glass lift in north west chimney, 109 meters
360 view from 109 meters
360 degree view from the panorama roof of Battersea Power Station

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.

Client: IWG Plc

Status: Under construction

Project Battersea Power Station: Bespoke Business Club, Co-Working and Meeting rooms

Size: 3850 m2

Interior Architects: Craig Welch and Maarten Jamin

Support: Studio Sutton

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