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Open House – SELCHP

SELCHP or the South East London Combined Heat and Power energy recovery facility, is a refuse incinerator, that generates up to 35 MW of electricity. I went for a look round during the Open House weekend.

It’s a long time since, I’ve been given free rein in an industrial plant. The last one that generated power was probably Cliff Quay or Sizewell A. Or it certainly was in the UK, although I have visited two others in the US; AEP Cook and Beaver Valley.

The site was impressive and I think they do a good job, getting rid of London’s rubbish. For those who object to incinerators on principle, it can’t be that bad, as they have now got resident peregrine falcons to keep down the number of pigeons. All I can find is this in a forum.

There’s also a bird of prey of some sort that nests at SELCHP, the incinerator opposite Millwall football ground. They provide it with special nesting boxes. Apparently, the high, bare walls look like the cliffs that are its natural habitat!

But the building probably looks no different to peregrines as does Tate Modern.

September 23, 2012 Posted by | World | , , , , | 5 Comments

Open House – The Thames Tunnel Revealed

Because it was Open House, the floodlights were left on in the Thames Tunnel today.  I took these two pictures.

I did intend to take some more on my way back, but I was rather delayed.

Perhaps it would be a good idea, if Transport for London, lit up some of the disused stations on the Underground, so they could be seen from passing trains on the Open House weekend.

September 23, 2012 Posted by | Transport | , , , , | Leave a comment

Open House – Crossrail’s Bond Street Station Presentation

This was a presentation, that I wanted to see yesterday. But as you can see it was very popular. At least from the numbers who turned up.

Crossrail’s Bond Street Station Presentation

At least it probably shows, that CrossRail is going to be a success.

September 23, 2012 Posted by | Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

Around The Limehouse Basin

From Ilford station, the one for TUCA, I took the train to Stratford from where I took the DLR to Limehouse station, where I walked around the Limehouse Basin.

My goal was to find another building open today in Open House; the Limehouse Hydraulic Accumulator.

September 22, 2012 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment

Open House – TUCA

I went to the Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy at Ilford.

It is an impressive place, that trains workers and prospective ones in the skills needed to work underground.

It is actually the first legacy of CrossRail, as they will be needing substantial numbers of workers over the next few years.

September 22, 2012 Posted by | World | , , , | 7 Comments