Falling giants: Britain’s vanishing cooling towers

FINANCIAL TIMES 🔒| Correctly addressed, they are natural-draught, hyperboloid cooling towers. All the ones in these photographs date from the 1960s, when they were built to cool the superheated steam that drove the turbines in Britain’s colossal coal-fired power stations. Almost a third have already been demolished; within a generation, it is unlikely there will be any left.


Thousands of people came out at dawn last August to witness the demolition of Didcot’s three remaining cooling towers. Film footage taken from a safe distance shows them sinking down into the horizon, like ships descending into the sea, the sound of the explosion lagging behind the sight of the blast.


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