Rugeley Power Station site owner ENGIE has submitted an application outlining future plans to the site’s two local district councils Cannock Chase DC and Lichfield DC.
The outline planning application has been compiled following feedback from an extensive community consultation period between November 2018 and April 2019. The application will be listed on both local authorities’ planning portals.
At approximately 10am on 26th April 2019, the second
controlled collapse demolition event using explosives will take place at
Rugeley Power Station. The collapse will
bring down the Unit 7 Precipitators (pictured outlined in red below). The structure is predominantly constructed of
steel and is approximately 49m long, 16m wide and 31.5m high and not easily
visible off site.
To protect everyone on site and in the local area an
exclusion zone will be in place before, during and immediately after the collapse.
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.
Demolition of this section of the power station is
considered to be low impact. Although
the initiation and collapse may be heard off site, any noise will be over very
The other main structures, including Boiler House, Chimney and Cooling Towers are scheduled for controlled collapse through the remainder of 2019 and 2020. The complete demolition of the site is expected in 2021.
Community members near Rugeley Power Station have been invited to a series of events in March, ensuring that local people continue to have opportunities for involvement in shaping the regeneration of the power station.
The four events comprise three exhibitions at different locations, as well as a second ‘Renaissance Forum’. The events will be hosted by architects JTP on behalf of ENGIE.
The exhibitions will provide interested parties with an opportunity to hear about the latest proposals for the Rugeley site and will be held at:
Rugeley Rose Theatre, 1pm to 5pm on Wednesday 20th March
Brereton and Ravenhill Parish Hall, 12pm to 1.30pm and 4.30pm to 6pm on Friday 22nd March
Armitage & Handsacre Parish Hall, 10am to 1pm on Saturday 23rd March.
The second Renaissance Forum follows on from a very successful forum event in January. It will present the latest proposals for the power station regeneration and provide opportunities for questions and comment. The exhibition will also be on display at the Forum. It will be held at:
Rugeley Rose Theatre, 7pm to 9pm on Wednesday 20th March.
The BBC’s Crimewatch Roadshow will be broadcast from Rugeley Power Station on Tuesday 12th March; where part of the 139-hectare site is currently being made available to Staffordshire Police for specialist dog unit and Tactical Support Team (TST) training. The show broadcasts from 9:15am on BBC1.
The large, secure facility has been brought into temporary use to carry out essential police training – before planning is finalised for the site’s long term redevelopment.
The show will feature live footage of police training
on-site. In addition, pre-recorded footage will show police operations carried
out elsewhere in the county.
The collaboration with Staffordshire Police follows the
announcement that ENGIE will retain ownership and a long-term interest at the
site – acting as master developer to transform the former coal-fired power
station into a new, sustainable community.
Demolition contractor Brown and Mason has successfully completed the first controlled collapse event using explosives at the Rugeley Power Station site. Brown and Mason are carrying out demolition works on behalf of Rugeley Power Station owner ENGIE.
The explosive demolition, which took place on Thursday 14th February, brought down the large ductwork system that served the former power station’s flue gas desulphurisation plant. Constructed mainly of steel, the ductwork structure was approximately 160m long, 7.7m wide and 32m high.
The blowdown event, which was scheduled to take place around 10am, was delayed for a short time by demolition experts to allow fog to clear on-site – and was completed at 11am. The collapsed structure is now being safely cleared by the Brown and Mason team.
Prior to the event an exclusion zone was put in place, well within the power station boundary, ensuring there was no public access, and no impact on the local road network.
The other main structures, including boiler house, chimney and cooling cowers are scheduled for controlled collapse through the remainder of 2020. The complete demolition of the site is expected in 2021.
A community exhibition about the ongoing demolition of Rugeley Power Station was held at Rugeley Rose Theatre on Thursday 7th February 2019. Exhibition boards from the demolition event are now available to view here.
At approximately 10am on 14/02/2019, the first controlled collapse demolition event utilising explosives will take place at Rugeley Power Station. The controlled collapse will bring down the FGD Ducting. The structure is predominantly constructed of Steel and is approximately 160m long, 7.7m wide and 32m 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. 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.
Demolition of this section of the power station is considered to be low impact and will not be easily visible from outside the boundary fence. Although the initiation and collapse may be heard off site, any noise will be over very quickly.
The other main structures, including boiler House, Chimney and Cooling Towers are scheduled for controlled collapse through the remainder of 2020. The complete demolition of the site is expected in 2021.
A community exhibition about the ongoing demolition of Rugeley Power Station is to be held at Rugeley Rose Theatre between 14:00 – 16:30 on Thursday 7th February 2019. This drop-in event is open to all members of the community and will provide an opportunity to find out more about the demolition works which are currently underway.
Visitors to the exhibition will be able to see a timeline of upcoming demolition milestones and meet members of the project team to discuss any questions they may have. The event is being hosted by Rugeley Power Station owner ENGIE, in partnership with specialist demolition contractor Brown & Mason – which is undertaking demolition of the power station.
ENGIE’s Project Manager Chris Riches commented: “We recognise that the power station has been part of the community for many years. We are to maintain that link with the community going forwards as part of the redevelopment project. This event will provide the community with an update on demolition progress; outlining the process before redevelopment and to address any questions they may have.”
Brown & Mason’s Safety, Health, Environment & Quality Director Alex Hadden added: “We have demolition experience of over 50 complete power stations and therefore have the capabilities to execute every type of dismantling or demolition activity safely. We welcome this opportunity to share information about the power station demolition programme with the local community.
The commencement of demolition at Rugeley Power Station follows ENGIE’s receipt of planning permission from the two local authorities (Lichfield District Council and Cannock Chase District Council) in October 2018. In line with the conditions associated with the approval, demolition contractor Brown & Mason has mobilised onsite, and work is underway removing ancillary structures along with building interiors to allow structural demolition to commence. Overall the demolition of the power station and associated buildings is scheduled to take approximately two and a half years.
The demolition works will make way for a planned mixed-use development that has the potential to include more than 2,000 homes – transforming the site into an entirely new sustainable and smart community. Public consultation regarding the future development is currently underway ahead of a planning submission later in spring 2019. More information regarding consultation for the future of the site is available at www.jtp.co.uk/projects/Rugeley
Members of the community around Rugeley Power Station have been invited to an initial meeting of the ‘Renaissance Forum’. The event will provide an opportunity for local people to continue their involvement in shaping the regeneration of the power station site and discuss its potential positive outcomes for the surrounding area.
The first meeting of the Renaissance Forum, to which everyone is welcome, will take place on Wednesday 30 January 2019 at 7:30pm in the Brereton & Ravenhill Parish Hall. The event is being hosted by masterplanners and architects JTP on behalf ENGIE.
An area of the 139-hectare Rugeley Power Station site is to be made available to Staffordshire Police for specialist training of police dogs in the constabulary’s Dog Support Unit. The dog training will take place in the first quarter of 2019.
The collaboration with Staffordshire Police follows the recent announcement that ENGIE will retain ownership and a long-term interest at the site – acting as master developer to transform the former coal-fired power station into a new, sustainable community.
As the site is already secured from public access it provides an ideal venue for the firearms support dog training that will be carried out there. The Dog Support Unit is part of Staffordshire Police’s Tactical Support Department, providing support to operational officers during live incidents and pre-planned operations. The dogs are specially trained to work in one of four areas – general purpose, drugs, cash or explosives.
Chris Riches, ENGIE’s development project manager, commented: “We are pleased to be able to work with Staffordshire Police to enable them to use the secure site to host police dog training, supporting the important policing work they do. This is one way in which we can bring the land back into temporary use before planning is finalised for the future of the site. Increased police activity on the site will also help to reinforce our existing security measures.”
PC Mark Sharrock, of the Staffordshire Police Dog Support Unit said “We welcome the opportunity to make temporary use of the facility to carry out this essential training within a large, secure environment.”
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