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Kingsnorth Power Station Chimney Demolition

On Thursday 22nd March we were invited by Coleman & James, the contractor we worked with on Cranbrook 6th Form Centre, to watch the Kingsnorth Power Station chimney demolition from outside their offices, just a mile or so north of the site.

Besides a lovely breakfast, we also got some great footage of the demolition from two slightly different angles.

The chimney, which stood over 198 metres tall, was part of the Kingsnorth Power Station first commissioned in 1973. It operated for nearly 40 years before being shut down in December 2012, after reaching an operation-hours cap laid down by the government. At its peak, it provided 1100 jobs and could produce up to 1320MW of electricity.

Prior to demolition, the tower was the 2nd tallest building in Kent after the TV transmitter in Dover. Luckily, as the last surviving power station chimney on the Medway, onlookers could be reasonably certain they had the right one this time.

Speaking of Cranbrook, we’ve also recently had final pictures uploaded to the gallery for Cranbrook (and Gravesend Borough Market). You can check them out here and here.

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