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Purcell Partner David Hills features on Sky Arts’ ‘Art of Architecture’ this August, discussing Purcell’s role in the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station.

The new 10-part series entitled Art of Architecture currently showing on Sky Arts explores some of the greatest works of architecture in the world, including Santiago Calatrava’s World Trade Centre Transportation Hub and Kengo Kuma’s V&A.

Episode two of the series aired on TV this week and looks at the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station, brought back to life after 30 years of dereliction. The episode includes an interview with Partner and lead architect David Hills about Purcell’s role in the project.

Purcell’s role in the redevelopment of the Power Station is threefold; as Conservation Architects we are responsible for the repairs to the building envelope; as Heritage Advisers we have overseen proposals for the conversion of the building, and as Heritage Assessors we have evaluated the impact of proposals within the wider site.

Purcell re-wrote the accepted history of the building, tracking down the original sources of the bricks. Using bespoke products, there followed an exhaustive sampling process with Historic England to gain approval for these important elements.

Our attention to detail has enabled the sourcing of replacement materials internally, such as the faience cladding to the Turbine Halls. Replacement special bricks, timber flooring and stone cladding have all been sourced, many using the original suppliers.

You can watch the episode and the complete series of Art of Architecture via the Sky website here.

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