In the last few days Linden Homes have dismantled the chimney to the tower and I have received dozens of calls to check that this is not a permanent removal and that the rest of the iconic tower is safe.
As part of Linden Homes’ works they have carefully inspected the tower and chimney to ensure the structure is safe to reuse and will have a good long life. We know from historical documents that the tower was altered repeatedly through the life of the brewery as tanks and other equipment were installed and then replaced. The chimney of course had corrosive smoke and fumes passing through it and on closer inspection was cracked from top to bottom and unrepairable. At the time of inspection a metal girdle had been installed around the brickwork to hold it together.
Based on the engineers advice, the chimney has been dismantled but will be re-built to match and in a form which will ensure water can not get into the building. The chimney will be capped off.
John Townsend, Principal Conservation Officer at EHDC said that “I am satisfied the work is justified. There is every intention to rebuild to match the detail of the current stack. Reuse of bricks was considered but it was not felt sufficient could be salvaged After careful consideration the use of the Lingfield Red Multi or Irish Rose (both used on the new construction) with a suitable buff feature brick has been agreed. The bricks on the current stack have become blackened and the newly rebuilt stack will inevitably look brighter for a while. An assortment of bricks have been used on the building in the past.”