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Report - Willington Cooling Towers, Derbyshire - February 2016

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by BrainL, Feb 24, 2016.

  1. BrainL

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    The Explore
    Wanted to see these things for a long time, for some strange reason they have always scared me, think its just the sheer size of them! They didnt disappoint for me and really enjoyed wandering around the massive towers in some unusual February sunshine :)

    The History
    In the 1950s, two coal-fired power stations were built on a site off Twyford Road, between Willington and Findern. The stations were privatised and sold to National Power in the early 1990s and eventually closed in the mid-1990s. Although most of the stations were demolished at the turn of the millennium, the five cooling towers continue to dominate the skyline of the local area. The site[6] is earmarked for a large residential development, pending the results of a public inquiry. The construction plans have been met with local opposition, perhaps due to the site's proximity to the River Trent's flood plain.

    In the mid-1990s a pair of peregrine falcons nested in one of the site's huge cooling towers. Unlike many bird of prey breeding sites, this was widely publicised because of its impregnable location.

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    Really nice pics, totally captures the epic scale. Love that first pic with the clouds. Picked a nice day for it too! ;)
     
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    That tower in pic 2 is leaning over a bit precariously mate :eek: wouldn"t wanna stand on that side :D

    Nice pics from a nice place on a nice day :thumb

    I got asked too leave here by an old bloke on a Mountain bike with 7 Dogs .....;)
     
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    Thanks mate, Just a bit of dodgy lens distortion that, its the same one on the second to last pic, I'd have been well out of there if they really looked that one haha

    7 dogs!!! Bet that were walking him rather than the other way around with that many :)
     
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    They were lol
    Yeah impressive curvature on the Towers isn"t it , you straighten one side up and the other screws up ;)
     
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    They are amazing, how on Earth them concrete struts at the bottom support all that weight is incredible!
     
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    Can"t beat a Hyperboloid Structure mate :thumb
     
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    Now that's a nice word! You learn something every day :)
     
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