One of the real-world locations from the awesome Solo: A Star Wars Story is due to be demolished to make way for 1400 new homes.
The former Fawley Power Station, which occupies a 300-acre site beside Southampton Water, will be destroyed in a series of controlled explosions if the application is given the go-ahead.
Buildings earmarked for demolition include the power station’s 650ft chimney – one of Hampshire’s biggest and best-known landmarks.
If the application is approved explosives will be used to destroy the boiler house, the turbine hall and the chimney. The circular control room, often dubbed The Flying Saucer, is also due to be demolished.
The oil-fired power station closed in 2013 after failing to meet modern environmental standards.
It has since been used as a location for films and TV series, including Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Red Dwarf, and the latest Star Wars movie Solo.
(T)he consortium said it hoped to start demolition in May, with the first explosion likely to take place in August.
If you plan on visiting this gritty, industrial shooting location, you’d better get your skates on as time’s a ticking.
- Roger MacBride Allen
- Publisher: Del Rey
- Edition no. 0 (06/01/1995)
- Paperback: 289 pages