Colour of towers mimics soil

Landmark cooling towers at Ironbridge likely to be demolished

The four cooling towers that form a major part of the landscape near Ironbridge in Shropshire are likely to disappear soon, according to an article in the Shropshire Star. Power company E.ON, which owns the station, plans to shut it by the end of the year, reports the paper, 'although its long-term future remains unclear'. 

Landscape architect for the power station, which started generating power in 1969, was Kenneth Booth, who worked on the project with architect Alan Clark. The aim was that the station should merge as seamlessly as possible into its surroundings. For example, it cannot be seen at all from the famous Iron Bridge at Ironbridge, despite having the fifth tallest chimney in the UK.

A red pigment was added to the concrete of the cooling towers, to help them blend with the local soil. 

Kenneth Booth's other major project was the landscape of the former Wills Tobacco headquarters at Lakeshore, Bristol. As part of his work, he designed a lake over which the podium and main office block, by architect SOM, stood. The building has since been converted into flats by developer Urban Splash.


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