Sports Minister wants to replace under-threat cooling towers with a massive steel football
Sports Minister Richard Caborn has waded into the debate about the future of Sheffield’s Tinsely 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 football club Sheffield FC.
The cooling towers are set to be controversially flattened 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 proposal for the 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 commermorated.
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.