April 30th's Battersea Power Station launch party, starring Elton John, was threatened with cancellation due to a protected species of birds, it has emerged.
The developer of the project was reportedly warned that he could face imprisonment if the Battersea Launch party concert frightened peregrine falcons, nesting in the area. The iconic building has undergone a £750 million refurbishment for luxury homes. It was feared that the protected birds would abandon their eggs, due to the disturbance.
£300,000 was spent on re-designing the glittering celebrity bash, which was held inside the power station, instead of in a pavilion nearer the nest. Guests were given headphones to listen to music.
Thousands of punters attended the 90-minute set by the 67-year-old Elton John. He reportedly charges as much as £600,000 for a private show, with proceeds going to charity.
Invites for the exclusive event had been sent to those who had expressed interest in the 3,500 homes planned for the site, which start at £800,000 for a studio, rising to £4 million for a four-bedroom home.
The three peregrine falcon eggs at the centre of the controversy hatched a month ago.