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Communication Towers

Pages on this subject? Well, let's face it - everyone likes a nice view. I am not here to discuss the merits of telecommunications and how modern technology has come a long way since smoke signals and drum beating. The fact of the matter is this. I have been up (or seen) a few communications towers, because they provide one of the best ways to get a great panoramic view; no different than visiting the London Eye or going up the Eiffel Tower in Paris. One of the towers featured on these pages, the CN Tower in Toronto, is of course world famous, attracting more than two million international visitors annually. As for a few here, you may not have heard of before.

It is here I admit I once went up to look at the Emley Moor Tower in West Yorkshire, UK. Many people may be unfamiliar with it. Alas, the room at 274 m (900 ft) is small and not accessible to the public. The tower is a Grade II listed building for its 'significant architectural or historic interest'. If you are wondering why I am pointing all this out, it is because I feel it deserves more fame than it gets. Let's look at the facts:

Tower Facts

Name:

Arqiva Tower (Emley Moor mast)

Height:

330 m (1,084 ft)
It is the tallest freestanding structure in the United Kingdom
It is the 23rd tallest tower in the world!

Location:

Emley, Kirklees, West Yorkshire, England

Constructed:

1969 - 1971

Architect/Engineer:

Arup Group Limited

Notes on Visit:

Learnt from someone, whilst living in Sheffield that he lived near it and that an earlier taller tower on Emley Moor fell over and made a large noise. Personally found the structure architecturally uninspiring. On pressing buzzer and speaking into box, voice from man said that we weren't allowed up.

 

Just to make these pages seem a little clearer for those who wonder why there are no skyscrapers, as such, by 'tower', I refer to the engineering definition which is as follows: 'a tall man-made structure, always taller than it is wide, meant for regular access by humans, but not for living in or office work, and are self-supporting or free-standing, which means no guy-wires for support.'

And so, on to a look at some of the communications towers I have been up (or simply seen when going up was not an option). Please note that the towers I have photographed here are not shown to their comparative scale and also some of the photos were taken some time ago.

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