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London’s Battersea Power Station, a decommissioned coal-fired power station and celebrated landmark, is in the midst of a major redevelopment. The structure, which is the largest brick building in Europe, has remained largely unused since it stopped generating electricity in 1983. Thanks to funding from Malaysian developers, the Battersea Power Station is being reimagined and will eventually include high-end retail spaces, chic restaurants, offices, a hotel, and luxury apartments.

Wilkinson Eyre Architects, one of the UK’s leading architecture firms, has been commissioned to transform the main building, which still holds some of its original Art Deco interior fittings and decor. The Battersea Power Station Development Company, which is overseeing the project, has selected Norman Foster and Frank Gehry, both celebrated architects and designers, to design a portion of the Station's residences.

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Today, American Express and World Monuments Fund (WMF) announced $1.5 million in grant funding to support preservation efforts at nine historic sites. This is the second allocation from a $5 million, five-year grant to WMF from American Express to support the World Monuments Watch. Each of the nine locations was among the at-risk historic sites included on the 2014 Watch, announced in October 2013. American Express is founding sponsor of the Watch program.

Projects receiving funding are Pokfulam Village in Hong Kong (SAR), China; the churches of Saint Merri and Notre-Dame-de-Lorette in Paris, France; the Farnese Aviaries in Rome, Italy; Tenyuji Temple, Ogatsu, Japan; Fundidora Park in Monterrey, Mexico; the Güell Pavilions in Barcelona, Spain; the House of Wonders in Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania; Battersea Power Station in London, United Kingdom; and Sulgrave Manor in Sulgrave, United Kingdom.

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