Wapping Hydraulic Power Station development exhibition Tuesday 13th November

Interior of Wapping Hydraulic Power Station

There are plans to redevelop the Wapping Hydraulic Power Station and everyone is invited to an exhibition on Tuesday 13 November between 3.30pm and 7.30pm at, you guessed it, the Power Station.

The Power Station (or pumping station as it is referred to on the exhibition leaflet) stopped operating in 1977 and reopened in 2000 as the Wapping Project, an arts venue with restaurant use. Most recently it has been used as a location for feature films.

Steam-powered theatres

The Power Station was built in 1890 and was run by the London Hydraulic Power Company. Originally it operated using steam, and was later converted to use electricity. It was used to power machinery, including lifts, across London especially to the theatre district in London’s West End.

The Tower Subway was used to transfer the power, and steam, to districts south of the river.

It was designated a Grade II Listed Building in 1977.

The building has undergone multiple changes over the last century and the latest plans are so that it can meet current and future needs and remain relevant.

The developer is UK Real Estate Ltd, who also owns Metropolitan Wharf, which it developed between 2009 and 2012 to an extremely high standard, and so has a lot of experience and genuine interest in the local area.

Have a read of this article from 2013 by What’s In Wapping about the recent history of the Power Station and its current owner, Nick Capstick-Dale.

Proposed developments

The proposals prepared by Latitude Architects on behalf of UK Real Estate are:

  • Conversion and extension of Wapping Hydraulic Pumping Station into office and restaurant use with the addition of a new three-storey office building within the existing courtyard
  • Restoration and extension of the Grade II* listed building to provide new high-quality employment space. New cycle parking and refuse storage facilities will also be provided
  • Opening up the underground reservoir beneath the courtyard to create a small, bespoke brewery space that will include a restaurant

So please come along to the Power Station at Wapping Wall on Tuesday 13 November between 3.30pm and 7.30pm and have your say on the proposals.

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