TThe first residents to live in the Battersea Power Station building which once provided electricity to much of London received their keys and moved into their home last night.
Residents have already moved into newly constructed apartment buildings that are part of the development, but this is the first time that owners have moved into apartments in the iconic power plant itself.
The new occupants are at Switch House West, the first major part of the plant to be completed. The rest of the building will be completed in stages over the remainder of the year, with residents moving into the boiler room and the East Switch House in the coming months.
A three-bedroom penthouse at the powerhouse went on sale for £ 8.2million last month.
The occasion was marked by a special public performance by members of the London Symphony Orchestra last night, who performed at the foot of the power station, alongside Battersea Power Station’s own Community Choir.
Simon Murphy, Managing Director of Battersea Power Station Development Company, said: “Thanks to all of the shareholders and their unwavering commitment, as well as everyone involved in the restoration of this historic building, we can confidently say that the Everest of real estate, which the power station was once nicknamed, has finally been resized.
“The residents of our power plants are joining an already thriving community of people living, working and enjoying this new riverside destination. As a result of this last important milestone, we look forward to completing the remaining elements of the power plant before it opens to the public next year. “