London’s industrial legacy becomes
David Spittles reports on the spectacular wave of ‘recycling’ that’s transforming iconic power stations and Art Deco factories
Art Deco Millennium Mills, a former flour mill at the heart of a 62-acre scheme with 3,000 homes in Silvertown, east London don, including Park Royal, Tottenham, Hackney, Woolwich and Bermondsey, where traditionally small and mediumsize businesses flourished, are being eaten up by residential development.
When planners allow, developers often prefer to bulldoze old industrial architecture and build new homes from scratch, cynically using superficial or tokenistic industrial design elements referencing a site’s past. Developers of Battersea Power Station The Hoover Building,
Prices from £2.75 million: loft-style flats at the Battersea Power Station project (020 7501 0678)
Left: Facebook’s new HQ at Rathbone Square, Fitzrovia W1, on an old Royal mail depot site that also offers flats
From £379,000: flats in a converted factory, The Hoover Building in Perivale