The Rugeley Power Station
redevelopment team will be hosting a community briefing event at the rose
theatre in Rugeley on Saturday 11th September 2021. The event is
intended to inform members of the local community of planned works taking place
at the ash lagoon area of the power station site from Q4 2021 and to give
members of the public notice of the works commencing.
The event will commence at 10:00 and is planned to finish no later than 12:00 with ample time included for questions. Refreshments will be provided.
Further details will be made
available online and via leaflet drops as these works progress. Members of the
public can contact us with any questions via communicationsUK@engie.com
At approximately 10 a.m. on 24th June 2021, the controlled demolition of the Air Heaters (metal ductwork) will take place at Rugeley Power Station.
are made of steel and are approximately 35m high. Although
the initiation and collapse may be heard outside of the boundary fence, any
noise will be over very quickly. Any
dust generated will be controlled on site and road sweepers will be available,
although it is anticipated that they will not be required.
protect everyone on site and in the local area an exclusion zone will be in
place before, during and immediately after the blast. The exclusion zone is
well within the power station boundary fence and there will be no public access
to the area or impact on the local road network.
police will be in attendance and have asked that people follow any applicable
Coronavirus restrictions as these will be enforced.
The demolition of the site will be completed in 2021.
Due to current COVID-19 national lockdown restrictions unfortunately there is no public viewing area. The police will be in attendance and have asked that people consider the latest COVID-19 restrictions as these will be enforced.
At approximately 11am on 6th June 2021, a controlled collapse demolition event using explosives will take place at Rugeley Power Station which will bring down the four Cooling Towers.
structures are made of concrete and 117m high. To protect everyone on
site and in the local area an exclusion zone will be in place before, during
and immediately after the collapse. Because of the height of the structures the
exclusion zone will extend onto the A51 so a road closure, with clearly marked
diversion, will be in place for the event. This has been planned with the local
authorities to minimise potential disruption.
The initiation and collapse may
be heard off site, any noise will be over very quickly, and any dust will be
controlled. Road sweepers will be available, however, it is anticipated these
won’t be required.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions unfortunately there is no public viewing area. A livestream will be made available so members of the public can safely view the event – details will be made available on the www.rugeleypower.com website over the coming days. The police will be in attendance and have asked that people consider the latest COVID-19 restrictions as these will be enforced.
There will be one more, smaller
scale explosive demolition event before completion of the demolition programme later
in the year.
Residents near Rugeley Power Station had recently been
informed of a scheduled use of explosives at the site to demolish a section of
metal ductwork, due to take place at the end of April.
We inform local residents that this scheduled demolition
will now be postponed due to a bird’s nest on the structure. We are working
closely with and on the advice of our ecologist to establish a new date of
demolition once the animals have naturally moved on which is expected in the
The ductwork is separate to, and is not expected to impact
demolition of the four cooling towers which are scheduled for controlled
collapse on 6th June.
ENGIE, owner of the Rugeley Power Station site, has been
granted outline planning permission from Cannock Chase District Council and
Lichfield District Council, for the significant redevelopment of Rugeley Power
After three years of extensive community engagement and
planning, ENGIE will now progress plans to transform the former coal-fired
Power Station site, which it owns, into a sustainable, mixed-use development of
2,300 new low carbon homes with a low carbon all through school.
With outline planning now confirmed, ENGIE will be able to
make headway with infrastructure and remediation work, while progressing the
At approximately 2.30pm. on 31st March 2021, a second test blast using explosives will take place at Rugeley Power Station on one of the cooling towers. This event will not result in the demolition of a tower, but is to test a small section to further establish the correct explosive charging requirements for their demolition at a later date.
There will be a small amount of debris from the blast, but no structure will be demolished. Although the explosive detonation may be heard off site, any noise will be over very quickly and there will be nothing visible from offsite.
To protect everyone on site and in the local area an exclusion zone will be in place before, during and immediately after the event. The exclusion zone is well within the power station boundary fence and there will be no public access to the area or impact on the local road network.
For more information a Frequently Asked Questions document is available here.
As part of preparations for the final major demolition
activity at Rugeley Power Station with the controlled explosions of the four
Cooling Towers, a road closure application is being submitted to the relevant
authorities to propose that this will take place on Sunday 6th June 2021.
Sections of the A51 near to Rugeley Power Station will be affected and a
traffic management plan will be implemented to minimise local disruption.
Further details will be provided once the final date has been confirmed and
approved in the coming weeks.