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Tom Keeley and Tom James nominated two disused cooling towers at Blackburn Meadows, Tinsley, Sheffield. These iconic 76-metre high cooling towers, just 17 metres from the M1, were the first things that most people saw on entering Sheffield. Described as ‘the Stonehenge of the carbon age’ by Antony Gormley, the tower’s future – and the future of this site’s Big Art Project – was always hanging in the balance as owners, E.ON Energy, had them ear-marked for demolition. On a cold August bank holiday 2008 the Towers were demolished by E.ON.
The day afther The Sheffield Floods we took a walk on the upper deck of Tinsley Viaduct is a two-tier road bridge in Sheffield, England; the first of its kind in the UK. It carries the M1 and the A631 1033 metres over the Don Valley, from Tinsley to Wincobank, also crossing the Sheffield Canal, the Midland Main Line and the former South Yorkshire Railway line from Tinsley Junction to Rotherham Central. The Supertram route to Meadowhall runs below part of the viaduct on the trackbed of the South Yorkshire Railway line to Barnsley.It was also just 17 metres to The 250ft cooling towers that was demolished in a controlled explosion in the early hours of Sunday 24th August.
They was a landmark. Everyone who drives up/down the M1 sees them. These are part of the industrial history of Sheffield and EVERYBODY in the city knows them.