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    Exclamation Willington Cooling Towers - Possible Demolition - March 09


    I visited Willington Cooling Towers today with LIO112 and Michael. I know they have been done a million times on here, but they are now showing signs of being demolished, so I will post my pictures before they are gone.

    Classic Shot of Towers




    Inlet Valve


    Inlet Valve Against Tower


    Walking along the inlet pipe


    One of the few remaining control panels, open to the elements


    Looking Up


    Inside Water Inlet Tunnel


    Apparently this is part of a fish farm


    The worrying pictures, two of the towers closest to Willington road have had their interior architecture removed, it is just rubble in the bottom, they also have demolition warning signs, there have been plans for building houses here for some time, I wonder if they are starting the demolition for it?

    Danger, Demolition?



    Keep Out



    Inside the Part-Demolished Tower



    Soon to be gone?


    Thanks for looking



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    Excellent pics, James. I never tire of seeing cooling towers and it's good to see the other bits of machinery too. Sad to think of them going soon.
    Thanks for posting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by james.s View Post
    Turbine Hall?
    That's definitely not a turbine hall!

    Shame they haven't got birds of prey up there like Thorpe marsh. That usually upsets the demo teams.

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    Yeah, I thought it looked rather small, does anyone know what it could be?

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    Quote Originally Posted by james.s View Post
    Yeah, I thought it looked rather small, does anyone know what it could be?
    Well you'd say it was part of the water management system, possibly a reservoir for filtered water to feed the boilers, Something along those lines its not something I remember well and its been 2 years since I last went to Willington.

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    Ah, Thanks, on second thoughts, it looks like it was supposed to be filled with water. The deep water signs must be orginal then. There is some tiling further up from a large hall, possibly turbine.

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    definitely going to film the demolition job! I missed the salt and pepper pots at Sheffield but won't miss this one.

    Where can we get more info about the demolition works?

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    I'd like to climb the side of them.

    Best get it done quick

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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Revolution View Post
    I'd like to climb the side of them.

    Best get it done quick
    Yeah, if you see someone walking away rolling cable from a drum, get off quick !

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    Where can we get more info about the demolition works?
    I am not sure if they are definitely being flattened, but two of the towers have hade their interior structure removed, and I believe that there is planning permission to build houses on the site. I am sure that some info will come out in the next few weeks.
    The_Revolution, they are exactly 300 feet high, so they would be proper fun to climb!
    Last edited by james.s; 26th Mar 09 at 13:47.

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