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The story below was an April Fool... keen-eyed readers will have noticed a clue in the name of the engineering firm, AF Engineering, with the initials staning for 'April Fool'. We received emails from several firms interested in helping the building project!

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Published: April 1, 2009
Plans for £3m Brent Knoll viewing tower unveiled by engineering firm

Exciting proposals for a £3million viewing tower and visitor centre to be built on the top of Brent Knoll are set to be unveiled today.

The 60 metre tall 'County Tower' will be a concrete and steel structure that rises from the top of the Knoll.

It will boast a 360 degree glass viewing platform offering extensive views across Somerset and beyond.

The company behind the scheme, AF Engineering, is due to announce more details on Wednesday, but has already published these photos of how the structure might look and says it expects to submit a formal planning application for the scheme during the next few days.

"If our plans win approval then we could begin building later this year and open it during 2010," a spokesman told Burnham-On-Sea.com.

"The tower would give visitors some incredible panoramic views across Somerset and across the Bristol Channel into Wales. We expect there to be huge interest."

The project includes creating a tarmac road to the top of the Knoll, which would start from the A38 close to Sanders Garden World. Also included in the plans is a two-storey visitor centre, to be located at the foot of the tower, which will house a cafe and shop. Further details are expected to be announced shortly.


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