Wenvoe Mast

List of tallest structures in the United Kingdom

A list of the tallest structures in the United Kingdom. The list contains all types of structures, 150 m in height or more. 150 m is the accepted criterion for a building to qualify as a skyscraper in the United Kingdom

Entries in italics denote approximate figures.



Structures taller than 300 metres

Name Pinnacle height Year Primary Use Town Construction Type Remarks
Belmont Mast 1965 communication Donington on Bain, Lincolnshire guyed tubular steel mast Tallest construction in the EU, planning application current to reduce to 1,154 ft.
Skelton Mast 2001 communication Skelton, Cumbria guyed steel lattice mast
Caldbeck Mast (replacement) 2008 communication Caldbeck, Cumbria guyed steel lattice mast To replace original Caldbeck mast, which will be dismantled when replacement comes into service later in 2008
Emley Moor Tower 1970 communication Huddersfield, West Yorkshire concrete tower Tallest freestanding structure in UK. Original 137 m (450 ft) tower built 1956, replaced 1964. Second 385 m (1265 ft) guyed tubular mast was built 1964 to replace the tower, but collapsed 1969 due to icing and strong winds
Durris Mast 1961 communication Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire guyed steel lattice mast
Arfon Mast 1962 communication Penygroes, Gwynedd guyed steel lattice mast
Winter Hill Mast 1965 communication Bolton, Greater Manchester guyed tubular steel mast Original 137 m (450 ft) tower built 1956, replaced 1964
Waltham Mast 1968 communication Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire guyed tubular steel mast Original mast built 1966, collapsed before completion later that year. Same height as replacement
Bilsdale Mast 1971 communication Helmsley, North Yorkshire guyed tubular steel mast
Black Hill Mast 1961 communication Airdrie, North Lanarkshire guyed steel lattice mast Original 228 m (750 ft) mast built 1957, replaced 1961
Caldbeck Mast (original) 1961 communication Caldbeck, Cumbria guyed steel lattice mast To be dismantled when new Caldbeck mast comes into service later in 2008
Strabane Mast 1963 communication Strabane, Co Tyrone guyed steel lattice mast
Mendlesham Mast 1959 communication Mendlesham, Suffolk guyed steel lattice mast Tallest television mast in Europe at time of construction
Lichfield Mast 1961 communication Tamworth, Staffordshire guyed steel lattice mast Original 137 m (450 ft) tower built 1956, replaced 1961
Mendip Mast 1967 communication Wells, Somerset guyed tubular steel mast

Structures 250 to 300 metres tall

Name Pinnacle height Year Primary Use Town Construction Type Remarks
Wenvoe Mast 1985 communication Vale of Glamorgan guyed steel lattice mast Original mast built 1952, replaced 1985. Extended by 23m with new antenna system (Feb' 2008)
Drax power station 1969 chimney Selby, North Yorkshire concrete tower

Structures 200 to 250 metres tall

Name Pinnacle height Year Primary Use Town Construction Type Remarks
Sutton Coldfield Mast 1983 communication Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands guyed steel lattice mast Original mast built 1949, replaced 1983.
Grain Power Station 1979 chimney Isle of Grain, Kent concrete tower
Mounteagle Mast 1961 communication Fortrose, Ross-shire guyed steel lattice mast
Sandy Heath Mast 1965 communication Sandy, Bedfordshire guyed steel lattice mast
Burghead Mast 1936 communication Burghead, Moray guyed steel lattice mast
Caradon Hill Mast 1961 communication Liskeard, Cornwall guyed steel lattice mast
Inverkip Power Station 1970 chimney Inverkip, Inverclyde concrete tower Tallest free-standing structure in Scotland
Presely Mast 1962 communication Narberth, Pembrokeshire guyed steel lattice mast
One Canada Square 1991 office Canary Wharf, London skyscraper Tallest inhabited building in UK
Stockland Hill Mast 1961 communication Honiton, Devon guyed steel lattice mast
Moel-y-Parc Mast 1963 communication Caerwys, Flintshire guyed steel lattice mast
Angus Mast 1965 communication Dundee, Angus guyed steel lattice mast
Rumster Forest Mast 1965 communication Wick, Caithness guyed steel lattice mast
Ashkirk Mast 1963 communication Selkirk, Scottish Borders guyed steel lattice mast
Chillerton Down Mast 1958 communication Newport, Isle of Wight guyed steel lattice mast
Black Mountain Mast 1959 communication Belfast, Northern Ireland guyed steel lattice mast
Burnhope Mast 1958 communication Burnhope, County Durham, County Durham guyed steel lattice mast
Dover Mast 1960 communication Dover, Kent guyed steel lattice mast
Selkirk Mast 1961 communication Selkirk, Scottish Borders guyed steel lattice mast
St. Hilary Mast 1957 communication Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan guyed steel lattice mast
Holme Moss Mast 1984 communication Holmfirth, West Yorkshire guyed steel lattice mast Original 229 m (750 ft) mast built 1951, replaced 1984
Crystal Palace Tower 1950 communication Norwood, London lattice tower
Littlebrook "D" Power Station 1981 chimney Dartford, Kent concrete tower
Wenvoe Temporary Mast 2006 communication Vale of Glamorgan guyed steel lattice mast Temporary Structure while original mast modified
Droitwich Mast 1 1934 communication Droitwich, Worcestershire guyed steel lattice mast Consists of two masts of the same height
Droitwich Mast 2 1934 communication Droitwich, Worcestershire guyed steel lattice mast
Ironbridge Power Station 1970 chimney Telford, Shropshire concrete tower Also known as Buildwas Power Station
Fiddlers Ferry Power Station 1971 chimney Warrington, Cheshire concrete tower

Structures 150 to 200 metres tall

Name Pinnacle height Year Primary Use Town Construction Type Remarks
Citigroup Centre 2001 office Canary Wharf, London skyscraper
HSBC Tower 2002 office Canary Wharf, London skyscraper
Didcot A Power Station 1972 chimney Didcot, Oxfordshire concrete tower
Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station 1968 chimney Kegworth, Nottinghamshire concrete tower
Cottam Power Station 1969 chimney Retford, Nottinghamshire concrete tower
Eggborough Power Station 1968 chimney Pontefract, West Yorkshire concrete tower
Fawley Power Station 1969 chimney Fawley, Hampshire concrete tower
Ferrybridge "C" Power Station
Units 1&2
1966 chimney Pontefract, West Yorkshire concrete tower
Ferrybridge "C" Power Station
Units 3&4
1967 chimney Pontefract, West Yorkshire concrete tower
Kingsnorth Power Station 1970 chimney Rochester, Kent concrete tower
North Hessary Tor Mast 1955 communication Princetown, Devon guyed steel lattice mast
380kV Thames Crossing electricity pylon River Thames, West Thurrock lattice tower consists of two equal height pylons, one on either bank of the River Thames
BT Tower 1964 communication Marylebone, London concrete tower
Kirk o'Shotts Mast 1952 communication Motherwell, North Lanarkshire guyed steel lattice mast
Tower 42 1980 office City of London skyscraper Previously known as "The Nat West Tower"
30 St Mary Axe 2004 office City of London skyscraper Also known as "The Gherkin" and "Swiss Re Centre"
Wrotham Mast 1981 communication Wrotham, Kent guyed steel lattice mast Carried first broadcasts of VHF FM radio in the UK. Replaced equal height mast on same site built in 1951
Redruth Mast 1962 communication Redruth, Cornwall guyed steel lattice mast
Spinnaker Tower 2005 observation Portsmouth, Hampshire concrete tower Tallest structure in UK open to public outside London (though not to its pinnacle)
Beetham Tower (Manchester) 2006 residential Manchester, Greater Manchester skyscraper Tallest residential building in UK
Also known as "Hilton Tower" and "301 Deansgate"
Broadgate Tower 2008 office City of London skyscraper
Tacolneston Mast 1956 communication Norwich, Norfolk guyed steel lattice mast To be replaced by mast by 2011
Ridge Hill Mast 1968 communication Ledbury, Herefordshire guyed steel lattice mast
Huntshaw Cross Mast communication Great Torrington, Devon guyed steel lattice mast
Eitshal Mast 1976 communication Stornoway, Isle of Lewis guyed steel lattice mast
Oxford Mast 1968 communication Oxford, Oxfordshire guyed steel lattice mast
Blackpool Tower 1894 observation Blackpool, Lancashire lattice tower
Moorside Edge
Mast 1
1982 communication Huddersfield, West Yorkshire guyed steel lattice mast Consists of two masts of the same height
Moorside Edge
Mast 2
1982 communication Huddersfield, West Yorkshire guyed steel lattice mast
Forth Road Bridge 1964 bridge Firth of Forth, East Scotland steel tower
One Churchill Place 2004 office Canary Wharf, London skyscraper
Humber Bridge bridge River Humber, Yorkshire/Lincolnshire concrete towers
Haverfordwest Mast communication Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire guyed steel lattice mast
Manningtree Mast communication Manningtree, Essex guyed steel lattice mast
Peterborough Mast 2006 communication Morborne, Cambridgeshire guyed steel lattice mast Original mast was built in 1959 but was destroyed by fire in 2004
25 Bank Street 2003 office Canary Wharf, London skyscraper
40 Bank Street 2003 office Canary Wharf, London skyscraper
Sandale Mast 1957 communication Wigton, Cumbria guyed steel lattice mast
Chatton Mast communication Alnwick, Northumberland guyed steel lattice mast
Croydon Tower 1962 communication Norwood, London lattice tower Original 61 m (200 ft) tower built 1955, replaced 1962
Darvel Mast communication Darvel, East Ayrshire guyed steel lattice mast
Forfar Mast communication Forfar, Angus guyed steel lattice mast
Membury Mast 1965 communication Hungerford, Berkshire guyed steel lattice mast
BT Tower (Birmingham) 1965 communication Birmingham, West Midlands concrete tower
Westerglen Mast 1980 communication Falkirk, Stirlingshire guyed steel lattice mast
Carmel Mast communication Cross Hands, Carmarthenshire guyed steel lattice mast
Hannington Mast 1969 communication Hannington, Hampshire guyed steel lattice mast
10 Upper Bank Street 2003 office Canary Wharf, London skyscraper
Blaenplwyf Mast communication Aberystwyth, Ceredigion guyed steel lattice mast

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