An artists Impression of the riverside park. Image © 2021 ENGIE

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Rugeley Power Station

A new riverside park

Rugeley Power Station:

A new riverside park

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust through the Transforming the Trent Valley Partnership scheme are working closely with the developers (ENGIE) of the former power station site to deliver a suite of habitat enhancements to the adjacent riverside park. It is proposed that this area will be accessible to the public and enrich the environment for people and wildlife alike.

The riverside park site is situated in the River Trent floodplain and there is the opportunity to restore some of the naturally found wetland habitats which have largely been lost across the UK over the previous century. We intend to create a wetland haven with a range of habitats that will be accessible via a circular route with paths and boardwalks, with educational information displayed around the site.

Currently we are in the early stages of planning and investigating opportunities. We will update our website to keep you informed of our progress with these plans. This project is funded by ENGIE and will delivered by Staffordshire Wildlife Trust.

ENGIE

To find out more about the development of a mixed-use community at Rugeley Power Station visit the Rugeley Power Ltd website.

At 8.32am on 24th January 2021, a controlled collapse demolition using explosives at Rugeley B Power Station brought down the main 183m tall Chimney..

The other structures, including the Cooling Towers are scheduled for demolition at a later date in 2021.

Rugeley B Power Station's chimney demolished on 2th January 2021. Video © 2021 ENGIE.

1970s electricity industry manager Granville Camsey takes us on a tour through Rugeley power station to explore how a coal and water is turned into electricity for our homes. Recorded as part of An Oral History of The Electricity Supply Industry in the UK. Video © 2021 CC by The British Library.

Rugeley Power Station 24th November 2020. Photo © 2021 Transforming the Trent Valley (Victoria Bunter)

Rugeley Power Station 24th November 2020. Photo © 2021 Transforming the Trent Valley (Victoria Bunter).

Rugeley B Power Station facts and figures

  • Construction of Rugeley B power station began in 1964
  • Generated 8,760,000MWh of electricity each year
  • Burned circa 1.6 million tonnes of coal per year
  • Produced in excess of 240,000 tonnes of ash per year
  • Produced 1,100 tonnes of steam per hour with a temperature of 568 °C
  • All operations ceased on Wednesday 8 June 2016
  • Decommissioning began in June 2016
  • The Boiler House was demolished using explosives on 20th August 2020
  • The main chimney was 183m (600ft) tall and was demolished on 24th January 2021 at 8:32am
  • The four cooling towers are 114m (380ft) tall. Their demolition will take place in 2021

Did you know...

The architects L. K. Watson and H. J. Coates gave two of the cooling towers a pinkish colour to enhance the 'femininity' of the hyperbolic form.

Rugeley Power Station 31st July 2019. Photo © 2021 Transforming the Trent Valley (Victoria Bunter)

Rugeley Power Station 31st July 2019. Photo © 2021 Transforming the Trent Valley (Victoria Bunter).














Artists Impression

An artists Impression of the riverside park © 2021 ENGIE

Rugeley Power Station Image Gallery

Rugeley Power Station on 24th November 2020. Photo © 2021 Transforming the Trent Valley (Victoria Bunter)

Rugeley Power Station on 24th November 2020. Photo © 2021 Transforming the Trent Valley (Victoria Bunter).

Rugeley Power Station on 31st July 2019. Photo © 2021 Transforming the Trent Valley (Victoria Bunter)

Rugeley Power Station on 31st July 2019. Photo © 2021 Transforming the Trent Valley (Victoria Bunter).

Rugeley Power Station on 21st January 2021 viewed from Ravenill Park. Photo © 2021 Transforming the Trent Valley (Steven Cheshire)

Rugeley Power Station on 21st January 2021 viewed from Ravenill Park. Photo © 2021 Transforming the Trent Valley (Steven Cheshire).

Rugeley Power Station on 9th September 2019. Photo © 2021 Transforming the Trent Valley (Victoria Bunter)

Rugeley Power Station on 9th September 2019. Photo © 2021 Transforming the Trent Valley (Victoria Bunter).

Rugeley Power Station on 24th November 2020. Photo © 2021 Transforming the Trent Valley (Victoria Bunter)

Rugeley Power Station on 24th November 2020. Photo © 2021 Transforming the Trent Valley (Victoria Bunter).

Rugeley Power Station on 18th October 2019. Photo © 2021 Transforming the Trent Valley (Victoria Bunter)

Rugeley Power Station on 18th October 2019. Photo © 2021 Transforming the Trent Valley (Victoria Bunter).

Rugeley Power Station on 24th November 2020. Photo © 2021 Transforming the Trent Valley (Victoria Bunter)

Rugeley Power Station on 24th November 2020. Photo © 2021 Transforming the Trent Valley (Victoria Bunter).

Rugeley Power Station on 24th November 2020. Photo © 2021 Transforming the Trent Valley (Victoria Bunter)

Rugeley Power Station on 24th November 2020. Photo © 2021 Transforming the Trent Valley (Victoria Bunter).

Rugeley Power Station on 24th November 2020. Photo © 2021 Transforming the Trent Valley (Victoria Bunter)

Rugeley Power Station on 24th November 2020. Photo © 2021 Transforming the Trent Valley (Victoria Bunter).