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Lafarge demolishes Kent plant

Lafarge Cement has ended production at its Northfleet works in Kent with the demolition of its 166m chimneys.

The demolition marks the end of 200 years of cement manufacture at the Kent site.

Demolition Manager at Lafarge Cement’s Northfleet site, Nigel Rees, said:  “It was an emotional moment to see two centuries of cement manufacture reach an end.

“The chimneys have been a longstanding landmark for Northfleet and it is appropriate that their legacy has made a lasting impression for local charities,” he said.

Lafarge has already submitted a planning application to redevelop the Northfleet site for mixed-use, including residential, retail and open public spaces.

Believed to have been Europe’s largest demolition project, Lafarge Cement organised a charity text competition to find an individual to ‘press the button’ to demolish the two site chimneys. 

Local resident Annabelle Church, aged 5, was the lucky winner. The three-week competition raised over £3,500 with the funds going to the Kent Air Ambulance Trust and local EllenorLions Hospices.

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