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Re: Demolition of Blue Circle / Lafarge Cement Works Northfleet
« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2010, 20:10:46 »

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« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2010, 20:09:57 »
Chimneys due for demolition on March 28th..

Boom boom and down they come...
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« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2010, 08:29:13 »
If I hear anything I'll let you know, but not living in the area anymore news tends to get to me a bit late....
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« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2010, 00:18:56 »
Thanks for that link Kenty. I'm a bit annoyed I didn't hear about the demolition of the chimney as I would have liked to see that and take a few pics myself.

If you hear anything about the others coming down I'd be grateful if you could give me a shout.

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« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2010, 19:55:54 »
There's a picture just appeared on the Ebbsfleet United website showing the downfall of the first smaller chimney last Sunday, link to it HERE
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Re: Demolition of Blue Circle / Lafarge Cement Works Northfleet
« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2010, 23:52:00 »
Couldn't resist another pic of the chimneys before they go. According to our paper 60% of the site has now been demolished....



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Re: Demolition of Blue Circle / Lafarge Cement Works Northfleet
« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2009, 09:10:32 »
They also had a large rail sidings at Southfleet Station about 1970 to store trucks awaiting loading. Pete

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« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2009, 00:17:17 »
Last weekend I had a walk around what remains of Blue Cirle / Lafarge Cement works which is now being demolished to make way for (yet more) housing.

The factory was originally opened in 1970 but ceased operations in 2008. The cement industry has been based in the Northfleet area since at least 1796.



The iconic chimneys still tower over Northfleet but for how much longer?



All that remains of the export department is the sign on the fence! In it's heyday, the works used to export cement clinker to countries such as Nigeria. The clinker was loaded into bulk carriers at Blue Circle's own jetty called Bevans Wharf.



I believe the cylindrical tube to the left of the picture is part of one of the kilns. The cement was made by mixing clay slurry with chalk and then burning it at very high temperatures in a rotary kiln. This produced clinker which had to be pulverised (I believe with steel grinding balls) to make the fine cement that goes in the bags.



Most of the steel cladding has already been removed from this building.



A view looking down towards the river.



Another view looking down towards the river. The kiln (if I am correct) can be seen to the right of the picture. In the background on the other side of the river is Tilbury power station.

If anyone here used to work at the plant and can shed some light as to what went on in the buildings in my pics I would be pleased to hear from you.

Glen

 

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