Wednesday, 27 April 2011
Cup Final Countdown: 17 Days To Go
Wembley today from the window of a first floor office in Isleworth.
You can just about make out the stadium arch in the gap between the grey panels on the new building being erected by the West London Waste Authority.
But time is running out. Once those panels go in this picturesque view will be lost forever.
The site is actually a trash transfer station: every night a train moves 800 tonnes of rubbish from the bins of Hounslow, Richmond and Ealing to a tip in Sutton Courtenay in Oxfordshire. The dump is nearly full and they're looking for another one.
And the plastic tube at the front of the photo is a market gardening area for the good folk of Sky TV to tend their tomatoes in their lunch hour.
UPDATE: It turns out the new structure is a Combined Cooling and Heating Plant. It will make the new Sky Sports building, called Harlequin 1, "one of the most environmentally sustainable media production facilities in Europe". The plant will supply approximately 40% of the building's energy. It's powered by burning recycled wood, such as pallets, or wood diverted from landfill.