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Minister reveals unusual ideas for Tinsley towers site

Sports minister Richard Caborn has – bizarrely – waded into the debate about the future of Sheffield’s Tinsley cooling towers after suggesting they should be replaced by a giant steel football.

The MP, who is backing England’s campaign to win the 2018 World Cup, unveiled his proposals for the soon-to-be-demolished local icons at the 150th anniversary celebrations of Sheffield Football Club.
The cooling towers are, controversially, to be flattened any day by energy company E.ON, which wants to build a £60 millon biomass power station next to the site overlooking the M1 as it crosses the famous Tinsley viaduct.
Caborn’s huge stainless-steel scheme is the latest in a line of attempts to reinvent the site. Earlier in the year the RIBA ran a contest, eventually won by Insite Environments, to look at how the towers could be reused or commemorated.
The MP believes his giant ‘ball’ project – which would look like the earth – could become an equivalent of Anthony Gormley’s Angel of The North.
An E.ON spoesman said the proposals had come as a surprise.

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