The Chance to Name a Part of Rugeley

The old power station site is transforming into a green neighbourhood for Rugeley — but what should it be called? We want to hear your ideas.

– Did the area used to be called something?
– Is there a local person we should celebrate?
– What about a forgotten story?

No idea too daft, share your name ideas online alongside a bit about why you think they’re good and where they’ve come from.
Deadline is 07/10/21. You can submit as many times as you like.

#NamingRugeleyPS

A Frequently Asked Questions document on ‘The Chance to Name a Part of Rugeley’ is available here.

Community briefing event – planned earthworks for ash lagoon area of power station site

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

Rugeley Power Station Demolition – Ductwork

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.

The structures 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.

To 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.

The 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.

For more information a frequently asked questions document is available here.

For enquiries please contact CommunicationsUK@engie.com

Rugeley Power Station Cooling Towers Demolition Live Stream

Members of the public can view this Sunday’s demolition of the four Cooling Towers at Rugeley Power Station on the ENGIE Group YouTube channel.

To watch the live event on YouTube click here.

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.

Rugeley Power Station Demolition – Cooling Towers

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.

The 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.

Last month, site owner ENGIE was granted outline planning permission from the local authorities to transform the Power Station site once demolition is complete, into a sustainable mixed-use development of 2,300 low carbon homes including employment space, parkland, and a new all-through school.

For more information a frequently asked questions document is available here.

For enquiries please contact CommunicationsUK@engie.com



Local resident update on Ductwork demolition

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 coming weeks.

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 gets the green light for Power Station redevelopment

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 Station.

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 school model.

Read the full update on the ENGIE UK website.

Rugeley Power Station – test blast

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.

For enquiries please contact CommunicationsUK@engie.com

Cooling Tower Demolition – Road Closure Application

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.

For enquiries please contact CommunicationsUK@engie.com