EXPLOSIVES experts are due to start demolishing Fawley power station today ahead of a proposed £1bn redevelopment scheme.

A blast will destroy part of the building, marking the beginning of the end for a complex which has dominated the skyline for almost half a century.

The explosion is due to take place mid-morning.

Other parts of the power station, including its iconic 650ft chimney, are due to be blown up over the next two years.

As reported in the Daily Echo a consortium called Fawley Waterside wants to build up to 1,500 homes on the site, plus a raft of community facilities.

Artist's impressions show a Venice-style development with ornate buildings lining the sides of a broad canal.