Chronology1926 Site and 1st power station mooted. 1927 Plans approved by Electricity Commissioners. 1929 Construction of steelwork started. 1930 Sir Giles Gilbert Scott brought into the scheme. 1933 Exterior of Battersea 'A' completed. 1939 A survey by Architectural Magazine found Power Station to be 2nd most popular modern building. 1944 Work begins on Battersea 'B'. 1955 Fourth and last chimney added. 1975 Battersea 'A' shut down. 1978 BBC Nationwide programme 1980 Oct. Given Grade 2 Listed Building status. SAVE Pamphlet SAVE Planning Application approved Oct 1981. 1983 Battersea 'B' closed down May Wandsworth Council prepares and presents planning brief. Oct. CEGB launches its competition. Oct 20: Exhibition at Arts Centre. Oct 26: First meeting of a group concerned with the future of the Power Station. Oct 31: Closure of Power Station Nov 17: Battersea Power Station Community Group formed. 1984 March 19: First Public Meeting - Battersea County. April: Exhibition of competition entrees. Survey. June 30: Winner announced. Nov 28: 2nd Public Meeting. Oct: Bulletin No. 1. 1985 Jan 29: Meeting with Cooper and developer. July: Bulletin No. 2 'Trick or Treat". July 24: Public consultation launched. Acrimonious meeting with developers, Power Station group and officers. Chaired by Peter Pendleton. New Planning application - Battersea Leisure. July 29: Public consultation meeting. Town Hall. Sept 19: 2nd Public consultation meeting at Battersea County (over 200 people given thumbs down to plan; meeting publicised and well attended). Bulletin No. 3 on 'traffic'.
Meetings with developers1984 July: After Press Conference Broome promises regular meetings. 1985 Jan. 29: Meeting with Cooper. He said:- 1. New drawings would be made available by Feb. 11. 2. Global entrance changed; lower entry fees and charging for each ride. 3. Still maximum of 20 weeks (June) before planning permission. 4. Changes in consortium. Mr Broome in charge. Roche gone, as well as James Lang Wooten and architects Legge. 5. £40-50 million will be needed after application approved. 6. Rail-link a real possibility. CONSULTATION: We were upset that promises of regular consultions at 6 weekly intervals never happened and we had still not seen drawings nor met designers. Mr Cooper expressed views that consultation time longer than usual and still. Dec. 1: Meeting at Westminster College with over 300 people. Speakers: John Broome,and Amercan Michael Jenkins from Dallas (designers). For BPSCG: Brian Barnes and Ernest Rodker. Chaired by Cllr. Martin Johnson. Meeting voted against Broome scheme. Dec, 3: At Technical Services Committee Meeting: Planning Permission granted with conditions. Costs now estimated at £60 million. 1986 Jan: Bulletin No. 4 concentrates on jobs, March: Local groups call on DoE minister Baker for Planning Inquiry into site and its development. April: In the last few days of April, Government announces its refusal to hold a Public Inquiry. May 7: Day before local council elections, Wandsworth Council grants Section 52 permission to John Broome. Includes 30 clauses amongst which is a proposal for a £3-4 million rail link with Victoria: to be called Bullet. 2730 car parking spaces and 10000 sq ft for a community centre. May 8: Tory council is returned with a majority of 3. July: Local community paper Pavement reports Broome has now hired Saatchi & Saatchi. Sept: Broome reported to be having trouble finding money for his scheme; now said to be costing over £90 million. At the same time BPSCG's plans received approval from both Lambeth's Planning Committee and Wandsworth's Technical Services Committee. 1987 Feb: Broome receives CBE. March: Battersea Leisure finally buys site for £1.5 million from CEGB. Nov: The Bank of Toronto Dominion pulls out backing Broome to the tune of £135 million. Parts of Listed Building demolished without permission. Dec: Battersea Leisure signs deal with Security Pacific Bank for about £200 million (?) funding. Development to start in new Year. Completion of asbestos removal and turbine halls cleared. Imminent demolition of west wall - it isn't! 1988 June 6: Evening Standard produces a double page spread on John Broome titled 'The Man who would be Disney'. Written by Bryl Downing it is typical pro-Broome media. A total piece of hype;mis-informed, lazy and sycophantic. None of its predictions happen. June 8: Mrs Thatcher comes to the Power Station. to fire the world's largest Laser Gun to reveal 'The Battersea' - Broome's scheme. It is to open on May 21 1990 at 2.30pm precisely. Broome makes his now famous declaration, "Get there at 2.35pm and you will miss it." The firing of the laser gun makes such a noise that it attracts the emergency services who think a bomb has gone off and Thatcher is in danger!! 1989 Roof and West Wall removed at the start of 1989. March 17: Evening Standard reports: Work at the Power Station has come to a halt. (Actually stopped in February) More cash to be raised; no more building work to be done until May. Only skeleton staff on site. Difficulties with foundations given as reasons for delay. May: Observer announces Broome has made £600 million financial deal with Paul Bloomfield to raise cash for continuing development of Power Station: company to be called Alton International. Broome declares he has purchased the Zygo-Folis Park in Nice. Locally, no-one believes the story! June: In the name of the Alton group, John Broome announces he has acquired the neighbouring Battersea Wharf site for over £250m. Press carry story locally. No-one believes it! It turns out that both stories are untrue. Spring 1991 is said to be new date for opening - one year late. Aug: BPSCG produces and flyposted all over Battersea and Wandsworth showing naked Broome under the legend: Like the Emperors New Clothes, there's nothing there. Sept: Paul Bloomfield puts in for £150m conference centre on site with 2,000,000 sq ft of offices. It is rumoured that Broome is not amused. Oct: Two months of heavy press attention, most of it highly critical and sceptical about Broome's future. Nov: BPSCG complains to local government ombudsman about Wandsworth Council. BPSCG makes and then organises hanging of a banner 35 metres long on West face of the Power Station. It says 'Save the Power Station'. Gets good press and TV coverage. Dec: Deadline for rebuilding of west wall is passed. Wandsworth Council takes no action. Consultants and contractors distance themselves from blaming structural problems for the stoppage of work - point towards the real problem which is shortage of money. Rumour that Broome is trying to sell some of the site to finance leisure development. 1990 Jan: Wandsworth Council decides not to start a legal action against Broome for failing to meet the costs of processing the planning procedures.Sam Morris and his CIL group responsible for Islington's new Business Design Centre appears on the scene with an application for an exhibition and trade centre. Max Hutchinson, architect and president of RIBA is involved with the project.199319941995Feb 25 BPSCG stages The Battersea Power Station Forum, a Saturday conference on the future of the buildingApril Egbert Kossak. First meeting.June Egbert Kossak. Second meeting.199619971998April BPSCG web site launched at www.batterseapowerstation.com2000April 26 BPSCG web site www.batterseapowerstation.com suspended by Netlink Ltd, following receipt of a solicitor's letter.
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