Pictures show most of Fawley’s power station has been demolished
AERIAL images reveal the enormous amount of demolition work that has taken place on a 300-acre site formerly occupied by the Fawley Power Station.
Earlier this year, photographer Andy Amor flew over Southampton Water to capture the building’s 650-foot chimney and the south end of its expansive turbine room before they were gone forever.
Mr Amor resumed flight after the latest in a series of controlled explosions took place on Sunday.
His latest images show that hardly anything remains of the old power plant, which towered over the area and was visible for miles around.
Most of the oil-fired installations have been reduced to rubble, leaving only the circular control room and a few other buildings.
The huge bang and accompanying lightning that occurred three days ago marked the fourth and final âexplosive eventâ hosted by trade contractors Brown and Mason.
Fawley Waterside, who has designed a Â£ 1billion project to redevelop the site, said machinery will be used to demolish the rest of the structure over the next few months.
But activists continue to demand that the control room – dubbed the “flying saucer” because of its size and shape – be preserved.
Some describe it as a unique structure that should have achieved Listed Building status.
Proposals to build an iconic chimney-top restaurant had to be scrapped after the idea met with opposition from local planning authorities. The decision prompted calls for the control room to be used instead.
Crowds watched the chimney crumble in less than ten seconds – having dominated the Fawley and Calshot area since the late 1960s.
New Forest adviser David Harrison said: âI guess the fact that he’s always been there makes you feel a sense of loss.
âI feel the same about the control room. I have been inside several times and the inside and outside is quite something and maybe should be given conservation status.
Fawley Waterside plans to build up to 1,500 homes on the site, part of which is currently used to store wind turbine blades.
As reported in the Daily Echo, the massive project is expected to take around 20 years.
Meanwhile, Fawley Waterside has apologized after his attempt to live stream the chimney demolition was unsuccessful.
Posting on social media, he said, âDespite the dangerous weather, Brown and Mason performed a perfect event. A testament to their continued hard work, dedication and skill.
âWe sincerely apologize to everyone who logged in to watch the promised live broadcast. We really wanted you to be a part of this historic moment.
âDue to the extreme weather conditions at the site, we encountered a number of technical difficulties which resulted in the failure of the live broadcast.
âWe switched to our rear view camera, but struggled to get enough signal to get the high resolution images live. ”