Two listed cranes on the Thames riverside have been removed as part of the Battersea Power Station redevelopment.
The cranes are being dismantled and transported by barge down to the Port of Tilbury for restoration. They will be returned and reinstalled by the latter half of 2017, in time for the opening of the power station and new riverside park in 2019.
The removal of the cranes will enable the transportation of spoil from the Northern Line Extension tunnelling works by river rather than road.
The cranes are believed to have been installed in the 1950s and were decommissioned in 1983. They were used to unload coal into hoppers over the conveyors that fed the power station when it was fully functioning and unloaded up to 240t of coal per hour. In the thirty years during which they have stood dormant, they have structurally deteriorated and now require urgent restoration.
The restoration will be carried out by a crane specialist using original photos, drawings, paint samples and archive materials.