Transforming a London landmark – Battersea Power Station is one of London's best-loved landmarks.
Transforming a London landmark – Built in the Thirties, when this shot was taken, as a functional coal-fired power station, its distinctive design has made it famous around the world. The other two towers were not added until 1953, forming the familiar four-chimneyed silhouette.
Transforming a London landmark – The station stopped generating electricity in 1983, and has since become one of architecture's best-known white elephants.
Transforming a London landmark – Taken in 1976, an inflatable pig was tied to one of the southern chimneys for Pink Floyd's 'Animals' album. The image secured worldwide fame for the station.
Transforming a London landmark – An inflatable pig flies over the station 35 years later, recreating the famous album cover on September 26, 2011.
Transforming a London landmark – Now plans are underway to transform it into a vast complex of retail space, offices and luxury 'villas'. For the lucky few able to purchase a villa, the views of London will be spectacular.
Transforming a London landmark – Concerns have been raised that it will become the playground of the super-rich, with apartments selling for £2,000 (more than $3,000) per square foot.
Transforming a London landmark – Questions have also been asked about whether the building will be obscured by the new, modernist blocks that are planned to surround it.
Transforming a London landmark – But the developers argue that their plans will maintain the spirit of the building whilst making it compatible with the modern age. The top floor will contain luxury apartments like this one.
Transforming a London landmark – Apartments have been in high demand. On the first open day for prospective buyers, thousands had to be turned away.
Transforming a London landmark – It's not often that an opportunity arises to purchase a piece of London's history. Add that to capital city's interminable property boom and you've a developer's dream.
Transforming a London landmark – Alternative plans for the building, like this one by the pre-eminent architect Terry Farrell, envisaged preserving it as a more public space. In this computer-generated projection, the building is maintained in a 'ruined' form, with a landscaped park, open to all, constructed inside. Farrell described the current development as "sad".
Transforming a London landmark – The chimneys will be torn down, but then they will be reconstructed according to the original specifications. However, the idea of destroying the chimneys has aroused intense controversy, with Londoners fearing that a piece of their heritage will be lost.
Transforming a London landmark – But years of coal smoke damage have damaged the structures, making them unsafe.
Transforming a London landmark – In the opening ceremony for the 2012 Olympics in London, Battersea Power Station was included as one of the city's seven most iconic buildings. This model, used in the ceremony, now stands in the grounds of the building.
Transforming a London landmark – Construction, based on models like this one, is due to be completed by 2020.
Transforming a London landmark – Despite the ongoing controversy, the redevelopment of the station has stirred excitement. To celebrate the building's redevelopment, The Battersea Power Station Development Company launched an annual party in April 2014.