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Fury over plans to demolish Battersea towers

A ROW erupted this week over plans to demolish the landmark chimneys at London's Battersea Power station.

Listed buildings guardian the Twentieth Century Society has rejected claims by developer Parkview International that corrosion in the chimneys reinforcement was worsening.

It described its efforts to repair them as 'inadequate'.

Parkview responded furiously to the allegation, claiming it has spent two years and £450,000 on efforts to halt the corrosion.

It plans to replace the chimneys with identical structures after the old ones are demolished.

Parkview claims efforts to save the towers using cathodic protection have failed because the corrosion has created large voids in the concrete (NCE 28 July).

The chimneys exteriors were x-rayed in an effort to locate the voids, but with no success.

The Twentieth Century Society said that Parkview should have also have x-rayed from the inside also.

Plans to demolish the four chimneys went before Wandsworth Borough Council in July. Demolition is planned to start in 2006, but Parkview now fears a delay.

Developers want to replace the existing chimneys.

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