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Battersea chimneys set to fall in spring

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DEMOLITION OF the iconic Battersea Power Station chimneys is set to begin in next spring after Wandsworth Borough Council approved plans last week.

Developer Parkview said that tender invitations for the demolition and rebuild will be advertised this week.

'Rebuilding the chimneys presents a unique set of challenges and we are inviting companies from around the world to submit fast track solutions that will demonstrate innovation and creativity in expediting these works, ' said Parkview chief executive Michael Roberts.

Parkview hopes bidders will come up with a solution that allows each tower to be taken down in one piece. It wants the work completed by the end of 2006.

The developer wants to replace the chimneys because it believes the existing ones are beyond repair (NCE 22 September).

But listed buildings guardians the 20th Century Society and World Monuments Fund (WMF) are opposed to demolishing the chimneys. They have criticised as inadequate Parkview's efforts to repair the chimneys.

WMF has written to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister requesting the plans to demolish the chimneys be called in for public inquiry. The 20th Century Society has not decided whether to oppose the plans.

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