At approximately 8am on 24th January 2021, a controlled collapse demolition event using explosives will take place at Rugeley Power Station which will bring down the main Chimney (pictured outlined in red below).
The structure is predominantly concrete and approximately 183m 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 structure the exclusion zone will extend onto the A51 so a road closure, with clearly marked diversion, will be in place for a few hours. 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 with road sweepers.
Due to current COVID-19 national lockdown 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 “Stay Home” COVID-19 restrictions as these will be enforced.
The other structures, including Cooling Towers are scheduled for demolition at a later date this year.
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