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Record Crowds Close Battersea Power Station Open Day

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Battersea Power Station Open Day has been closed prematurely, after an unforeseen record crowd attendance.

The Open Day was supposed to take place from 21 to 22 September, allowing the public to explore the iconic factory before it closes to make way for a regeneration project.  

The viewing was initially scheduled from 11am to 4pm, but by 1.30pm, security had to start turning people away.

Whilst the original crowd estimate for the entire weekend was 13,000, twice the number allegedly showed up.  Security guards at the scene have said that queuing had begun as early as 6am.

There is no word yet as to whether the weekend event will be rescheduled, as the organizing team may have to reconsider how to manage the unanticipated public interest. 

Battersea Power Station is a decommissioned coal power station, set to be turned into a haven for offices, premium apartments and luxury shops.  Its Art Deco interior fittings and commanding presence have made it into a epochal London landmark.  The first residential apartments have already been sold in January 2013, and completion of the regeneration project is scheduled for 2016/2017.

Update:  Battersea Power Station Factory Open Day continues according to schedule, opening this Sunday at 11am to 4pm.