A1 signs iconic Battersea flue deal

A1 Flue Systems has signed a landmark agreement with Skanska, the main contractor for Phase 2 – the power station itself – at Battersea Power Station.

The deal – initially worth £483,000 – is to provide bespoke commercial chimney systems for the redevelopment of London’s iconic Battersea Power Station.

The company, which designs, manufactures and installs commercial and industrial chimney, flue and exhaust systems will start work on the first phase of activity this month with the installation of a temporary chimney system for the development’s energy centre.

The temporary flue system is part of the Phase 1 boiler plant that will be up and running ahead of the phased opening of Circus West – the first mixed-use neighbourhood at Battersea Power Station – from late 2016 onwards.

It is a stopgap measure, as the buildings that will eventually house the route of the permanent system are still under construction.

The total value of the Battersea Power Station project could be as much as £2m.

A1 Flue Systems has been in discussions with the Battersea Power Station Development Company for more than two years, and A1 was convinced that it would secure the Battersea Power Station project based on its recent portfolio of projects in the capital – including The Shard, ‘The Cheesegrater’ (The Leadenhall Building) and ‘The Walkie Talkie’ (20 Fenchurch Street).

A1 Flue Systems director, John Hamnett said that the 40-year-old family-run company based in North Nottinghamshire was confident from day one that it would secure the Battersea Power Station project, as it is the only company in the UK capable of delivering such a challenging installation.

“Battersea Power Station is the latest in a long line of iconic projects for a company that prides itself on being the best of British in both engineering and manufacturing capabilities.

“Securing the project is testament to the brilliance of all 140 people who work at A1, who have made the company a world beater in the design, manufacture and installation of commercial and industrial chimney, flue and exhaust systems.”

As well as installing the temporary system, Phase 1 activity will also include work to specify a permanent flue and chimney system, which will include constructing a 110-metre chimney system inside the rebuilt South West chimney.