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By MarkT  
These are the Tinsley cooling towers in Sheffield’s East End which are next to the M1. They were due to be demolished this Sunday at 3.00am, but I’ve now heard from a fellow epz member who works for the fire service that the demolition has now been postponed until next year. Eon, the company which runs Powergen, plans to knock the towers down and build a biomass power plant next to the site.
Antony Gormley, creator of the Angel of the North and the iron men, said it would be an act of cultural vandalism to knock them down. I totally agree with him, these towers are far more impressive than the Meadowhall shopping centre and fast food outlets which are on the opposite side of the M1.

The History of the Tinsley Towers

The Blackburn Meadows Power Station was built between 1937 and 1942. The two Tinsley cooling towers are numbered 6 and 7 and were two of seven cooling towers that stood on the site. The towers weigh about 3,074 and 2,019 tonnes respectively.

In addition to Blackburn Meadows Power Station, two older coal-fired power stations built in the 1900s once stood on the site and generated electricity.

In the late 1960s, the M1 was built around the cooling towers while the power station was still operational. The two remaining towers, which are 250ft high, stand around 17 metres away from the motorway.

The main power station was demolished in the 1980s. The cooling towers remained standing as engineers did not have the expertise to bring them down safely without compromising the integrity of the motorway.

Now, 30 years on, the Highways Agency has reinforced the motorway and demolition specialists have developed the necessary experience and expertise to bring them down in a safe and controlled manner.

One image tone mapped in Photomatix, finished in CS2
F19 @ 30 Seconds
Raw ISO 50

Cheers for looking.


Tags: Architecture Digitally manipulated Sheffield Cooling towers Tinsley M1

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C_Daniels 16 399 10 England
19 Sep 2007 10:45AM
They can't knock em down - surely!

I think it was Glynn that told me that they were home to some Pereguin falcons or some similar bird and that a preservation order had been put on them. Unless they've flown on...
JennB 14 60 1 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2007 10:48AM
Great pic, love the colours. When I was growing up there were two cooling towers that were part of the landscape were I lived and they were also pulled down. It was so weird without them for ages. I know what you mean about them - they are impressive and part of Britains history.
Jenn x
Buffalo_Tom Plus
15 2.3k 21 Wales
19 Sep 2007 10:57AM
Excellent composition Mark.
paul_hoaksey 14 10 England
19 Sep 2007 10:57AM
beautiful colours absolutely brilliant shot
dazzaman 15 631 England
19 Sep 2007 11:37AM
this is qaulity work mark
love it to bits

ripleysalien 14 1.2k 11 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2007 11:41AM
Fred Dibnah could have got em down, nice shot and good PS work
MarkT 16 119 2 England
19 Sep 2007 11:48AM
Lol, probably.

Cheers folks.

proz 16 205 United States
19 Sep 2007 11:55AM
really nicely done
VintageRed 15 15 1 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2007 12:18PM
This deserves to do well Mark. Strong image.
martinl 17 269 2 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2007 1:23PM
Impressive shot Mark, and some good history too.
TyChee Plus
16 275 1 United States
19 Sep 2007 3:04PM
Excellent perspective and treatment!
thefatcat44 14 82
19 Sep 2007 4:24PM
best shot of this location I have seen - captures it brilliantly
MarkT 16 119 2 England
19 Sep 2007 4:57PM
Thanks for the clicks/comments.

DaveU 15 1.4k 127 England
19 Sep 2007 6:32PM
The low viewing angle gives this a lot of impact. I've driven by these things many a time on the trip from Brum to Middlesbrough to visit my parents. They mark the half way point so I hope they don't knock 'em down.
Coleslaw 16 13.4k 28 Wales
19 Sep 2007 8:14PM
martin.w Plus
19 609 28 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2007 10:38PM
I didn't realise it so soon (or was!). Top image of the famous landmarks.
MarkT 16 119 2 England
20 Sep 2007 8:04AM
Thanks folks. Smile

MrsS 14 4.5k 18 England
21 Sep 2007 10:15AM
like the comp here too, Mark Smile

Fran x
MarkT 16 119 2 England
21 Sep 2007 10:24AM
Ta Fran.

afyfe 17 270
21 Sep 2007 10:56AM
yeh good capture here mark - the double meaning of the exit sign is top notch. deserved a EC in my opinion. nice piece of work for sure.
MarkT 16 119 2 England
21 Sep 2007 11:11AM
Cheers Andy.

culturedcanvas 15 4.7k 59 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2007 6:36PM
Excellent ... crop a bit off the right tho Wink

janehewitt 18 215 1 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2007 8:49PM
Great piece of 'photo journalism' when taken with the explanation, it won't be the same if they do knock them down, Jane
MarkT 16 119 2 England
21 Sep 2007 10:12PM
Eh? an EC where's that come from - lol

Sound Smile Smile Smile

Cheers Pete!
afyfe 17 270
21 Sep 2007 10:43PM
well deserved on this one - its the exit and the double meaning that makes it for me
MarkT 16 119 2 England
21 Sep 2007 11:24PM
Cheers Andy Smile

martinl 17 269 2 United Kingdom
22 Sep 2007 11:51AM
Well done on the EC Mark. Well chuffed for you.
MarkT 16 119 2 England
22 Sep 2007 3:55PM
Cheers Martin - me too Smile

dazzaman 15 631 England
22 Sep 2007 11:30PM
just popped back mark, and a well deserved ec it is mate

well done dark

MarkT 16 119 2 England
22 Sep 2007 11:54PM
Cheers Daz Smile

imagio 14 12 1 England
23 Sep 2007 10:37AM
Excellent, love the exit in the fg, gives the feeling of "the end" and in light of your words it seemed apt. congrats on ec.

MarkT 16 119 2 England
23 Sep 2007 12:44PM
Thanks Bernie and thanks to the clickers too Smile

Tandberg 18 1.2k 2 England
23 Sep 2007 1:00PM
Road markings add to the shot Mark..
Well done
bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
23 Sep 2007 2:31PM
a strong image...congrats on the very well deserved EC
MarkT 16 119 2 England
23 Sep 2007 2:44PM
Thanks Oliver Smile

martin.w Plus
19 609 28 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2007 6:57PM
Well done Mark....told you it was a top image Smile
MarkT 16 119 2 England
24 Sep 2007 8:49AM
Cheers Martin Smile

Pete67 14 10 England
25 Sep 2007 11:46AM
Excellent image & narration. I was led to believe that they had to stay as they acted as a windbreak for the viaduct. Probably an old wives' tale. Well done on the EC.

Pete M.
VintageRed 15 15 1 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2007 3:21PM
Just seen that this got an EC. I'm pleased. Well deserved.
MarkT 16 119 2 England
25 Sep 2007 8:38PM
Cheers Pete, Nick and the clickers Smile

uggyy 15 2.1k 9 Scotland
25 Sep 2007 11:52PM
Agree well deserved of an EC.

MarkT 16 119 2 England
26 Sep 2007 7:54PM
Thanks Tommy Smile

mhaseman 14 608 1
2 Oct 2007 4:29PM
This is an excellent job. I love this kind of stuff and by the looks of it (and an EC) others do too. Well done and a lovely job in the processing.
Cheers, Martin
MarkT 16 119 2 England
2 Oct 2007 9:32PM
Thanks Martin Smile

And thanks to the clickers Smile

5 Jan 2008 1:34PM
So deep..
16 Jun 2008 3:24PM
Brilliant shot, Mark. Excellent comp, colours and clarity.
MarkT 16 119 2 England
24 Jun 2008 2:55PM
Cheers you two Smile


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