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Aerials To Be Removed From BT Tower

 
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mark occomore



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2011 7:06 pm    Post subject: Aerials To Be Removed From BT Tower Reply with quote

Proposals to remove the large dish-shaped aerials from the BT Tower have been approved by Camden Council.

BT said it was seeking to remove the aerials because they were redundant and in a bad state of repair.

In a planning document submitted to Camden Council, the company said that some of the equipment had already become detached from the tower.

It described the loose equipment as "a major health risk" because of the tower's height and location.

The tower was designed to host aerials that were used to transmit microwave signals for television broadcasting and telephone calls.

Redundant technology

However, advances in telecommunications technology have now largely replaced microwave transmissions so the large "horn" and "dish" aerials on the BT Tower are redundant.

Two dishes were removed in November 2010 for safety reasons.

The work to remove the remaining aerial equipment safely will take more than six months and is scheduled for completion early next year.

The council's approval allows temporary scaffolding and a loading platform to be constructed during the works.

The building is Grade II listed, but the council's conservation officer has confirmed that government watchdog English Heritage has accepted the need to remove the aerials on safety grounds.

BT is considering the future of the tower once the aerials have been removed.

Options include lighting, art work or signage in the aerial zone, which the planning document said "would bring new life to the building".

BBC News

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The building does still house BT Broadcasting facilities which are fed by fibre now. It would have been tragic if some had come detached.
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Toggy



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2011 1:46 pm    Post subject: Re: Aerials To Be Removed From BT Tower Reply with quote

mark occomore wrote:


The building does still house BT Broadcasting facilities which are fed by fibre now. It would have been tragic if some had come detached.


Only if they fell and killed someone. They are just aerials for heavens sake.
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nod



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2011 2:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Aerials To Be Removed From BT Tower Reply with quote

Toggy wrote:
mark occomore wrote:


The building does still house BT Broadcasting facilities which are fed by fibre now. It would have been tragic if some had come detached.


Only if they fell and killed someone. They are just aerials for heavens sake.


very big aerials !! Shocked
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mark occomore



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2011 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is also dis-used Satellite dishes attached to side of the tower which need to be removed.
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John W



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've not looked closely at the tower in Brum recently, this is what it had on top in 2006:



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nod



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Was it For Sale ?

What's on it now ?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 5:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ha ha, no I don't think it was for sale.

It's just a tower wth a couple office floors at the bottom I think, the tower is just a lift shaft.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2011 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MOst of the dishes are microwave senders/repeaters. They're 70s/80s technology and have largely been superceded.
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