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  • Skylon was designed to counter the materiality of the nearby Dome of Discovery.
  • It was a needle suspended in mid air by tension cables and floodlit at night.
  • Skylon was destroyed on the orders of Winston Churchill in 1952 for being a symbol of socialism. The cables were cut and it toppled over into the Thames. The remains of Skylon are believed to still be on the bed of the Thames where it feel.
  • There have been multiple plans to re-erect it, the most recent in 2004, but so far a lack of funding to pay for the estimated 800,000 budget has prevented this.

News Articles

10-07-2008 > Atkins Skylon Interview

07-07-2008 > Skylon Redevelopment Moves Forwards

12-06-2008 > Skylons Second Chance

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Architect
Philip Powell and Hidalgo Moya
Consulting Engineer
Felix Samuely
Developer
Festival of Britain
Other
British Insulated Callenders Cables

Reference Data

Reference No.
3805
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
01-07-2015
 

Building Location

Address
Festival Hall, London. SE1
Council
Southwark
County
London
Region
London
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Demolished
Proposal date
1948
Construction start date
1951
Completion date
1951
Demolition Date
1952
Style
Modernist

Pinnacle Height (AGL)
91.00
Pinnacle Type
Spire

Market Data

Primary Use
Monuments


Metres > Feet