An insight into how one of Europe’s biggest redevelopments is being built will be a part of London Craft Week – and visitors can find out how to throw bricks in the process.
Battersea Power Station is offering visitors the chance to try their hand at making the building blocks of the billion-pound regeneration of the area.
There is an exhibition about Battersea Power Station’s brick-making process where visitors will have the chance to try their hand at live ‘brick-throwing’.
The talk “Not Just Another Brick in the Wall” will take place in The Village Hall, Circus West Village, on Thursday 10 May from 7pm – doors open at 6.45pm.The same day, David Hills, partner of leading heritage architecture practice, Purcell, will join Michael Brown, managing director of Northcot Bricks, which supplied over six million
bricks to create Battersea Power Station in the 30s and 50s, will give an exclusive insight into
the story behind the restoration and repair of one of Britain’s most loved landmarks.
Simon Jenner, Chief Operating Officer at Battersea Power Station Development
Company, said: “The restoration of Battersea Power Station is an incredible feat and one we are proud to be delivering thanks to our shareholders. We have over 2,000 workers on site working around the clock to restore this iconic landmark and transform it into a new destination for London.
“We’re delighted that Northcot Bricks and Purcell will be lifting the lid on the restoration,
sharing their insights and offering visitors the chance to try their hand at the art of brick-making
and are pleased to be partnering with London Craft Week for this special one-off event.”
Visitors can join in other workshops and talks in the Circus
West Village Pop Ups, which will be taken over by Walpole, the leading authority on luxury
brands, for Walpole’s Crafted: Makers of the Exceptional. Sessions include sketching,
millinery and carving.
Jonathan Burton, festival director, London Craft Week, said: “We are delighted to
welcome Battersea Power Station to London Craft Week’s 2018 programme. It is an iconic
building and a massive project that balances heritage, craftsmanship and contemporary
reinvention. A perfect fit for London Craft Week.
“Reflecting the breadth of London Craft Week, Battersea’s events cover repair and
conservation, brickmaking and, with Walpole’s Crafted: Makers of the Exceptional
programme, decorative plasterwork, millinery, silversmithing and studio furniture. A
stimulating mix of imagination and skill.”
Helen Brocklebank, CEO of Walpole said: “London Craft Week provides the perfect
opportunity to immerse oneself in the incredible artistry, skill and creativity of Britain’s best
craftspeople in some of London’s most exciting venues. Walpole’s Crafted: Makers of the
Exceptional showcase at Battersea Power Station is the epitome of this concept, combining
12 highly-skilled luxury artisans demonstrating their work and discussing their creative
process, in one the most iconic and luxurious of the capital’s buildings; it is a truly unique
event, not to be missed.”
Those attending the events will also be able to enjoy a new array of restaurants, shops, cafes,
and bars that have opened at Circus West Village, which is quickly becoming London’s most
exciting new food and drink destination.
They include Mother, a pizzeria from Copenhagen offering simple soul food (voted third best
pizza in London), No. 29 Power Station West, a relaxed neighbourhood bar and restaurant,
serving great food all day, Italian restaurant Fiume, where chef Francesco Mazzei, is serving
classic Italian food from Calabria, Wright Brothers, a new riverside seafood restaurant from the renowned London oyster and shellfish specialists, The CoffeeWorks Project, a family-
run business serving the best coffees and tea from around the world as well as homemadecakes and biscuits, Tonkotsu, a Japanese restaurant specialising in ramen, Cinnamon
Kitchen, modern Indian restaurant from renowned chef Vivek Singh and Vagabond, one of
the UK’s first urban wineries offering 100 wines by the glass and a fantastic range of craft
beers and seasonal food.
The Battersea General Store is the locally run global store with a diverse range of food,
freshly made sandwiches and a deli and Boom Cycle, which is known for its high-energy,
music-focused fitness experience, has opened its flagship studio at Battersea Power Station.
Battersea Power Station is easily accessible via the riverside walk from Chelsea Bridge or
from Battersea Park Road via Circus West Road. The MBNA Thames Clippers River Bus
Service is also now operational, putting Circus West Village within 15 minutes of the West
Visit batterseapowerstation.co.uk/londoncraftweek for more information and follow
@BatterseaPwrStn to keep up to date with the latest news and events.
Tickets cost £5 and are available here: batterseapowerstation.co.uk/londoncraftweek.
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