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.
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