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Landmark towers to be demolished

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 16 February 2010

Parts of reinforcement rings, fitted to the Athlone Towers in 1992 as a safety measure, fell to the ground in the early hours of Valentines Day forcing a short precautionary closure of the N2.

Athlone power Station, Cape Town. Photo by DanieVDM under creative commons licence 2.0

According to the structural engineers’ initial assessment the loss of the rings does not necessarily compromise the integrity of the cooling towers, but the City of Cape Town is monitoring the situation.

Today the towers serve no useful purpose and will be demolished as soon as a report of the City’s structural engineers has been studied. Electricity generation on the site was stopped in 2002 and there was no plan for any future generation on site. A decision to decommission the site was taken in 2006.

A range of preliminary scenarios for the redevelopment of the entire Athlone power station site were submitted to Council’s Utilities Portfolio Committee in October 2009. These options will be opened for public comment before the City decides on the final redevelopment of the site. Various options have been offered including educational, commercial and residential facilities on site.

By demolishing the towers, an additional eight hectares of land would be made available for the redevelopment.

Source: City of Cape Town

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