Planning to watch the cooling towers demolition – what you need to know?
We know that many people want to watch the demolition of the Ironbridge Power Station cooling towers on Friday (6 December 2019) and we believe the best and safest place to see this will be online and we hope to be able to stream this live.
The demolition by developer Harworth is scheduled for around 11am. The site is in the Shropshire Council area, while many of the best vantage points to view this from are in Telford and Wrekin.
It is a condition of the legal demolition notice that Harworth has a traffic management plan to support the demolition happening as safely and in as managed a way as possible.
The traffic management plan, conditions for which have been set by Shropshire Council, is to support and keep people out of the 350m exclusion around the demolition site, reduce any conflict between vehicles and pedestrians and avoid traffic congestion and parking problems in the Gorge, particularly on a small number of narrow and steep minor roads close to the demolition.
The Council expects any traffic restrictions to stay in place until we receive the all-clear around one hour after the demolition.
The safest place to view the demolition will be online. Ironbridge will be open for business as usual and you’ll be able to walk most places as normal too, including those roads that are closed on the hillside.
If you are in the Gorge, please bear the following in mind:
- no on street parking
- all main car parks, except Dale End, will be open as normal. Station Yard car park will be easily accessible with the Severn Trent Water works suspended for the day of the demolition
- we are running a free park and ride bus from the top of Jiggers Bank into the Museum of the Gorge car park in Ironbridge. This will run from 9.30am to 1pm
- Buildwas Road will be shut from 6am from Much Wenlock Road to Station Road allowing access to Dale End car park until 9.30am, the closure will the extend to Dale End mini roundabout until we receive the all clear
- some minor hillside roads will be closed to vehicles and some footpaths, opposite the power station site will also be closed from around 6am until after the all clear is given, this includes Benthall Wood
- there will be managed access for residents and businesses on any roads closed outside the exclusion zone.
We know some people are also planning to climb the Wrekin to view the demolition. We’ll have a team at the car park at the foot of the Wrekin to keep an eye on parking and congestion - short term closures may be put in place if the area becomes full.
The former Ironbridge Power Station site is to be demolished ahead of the regeneration of this site adjacent to the River Severn. The site is due to be developed for housing, a retirement centre, and industrial units.
The site’s owners Harworth Group plc (“Harworth”), have confirmed that the demolition of Power Station’s four cooling towers is scheduled for around 11am on Friday 6 December 2019.
While the demolition is planned for this date and time, adverse weather conditions or other circumstances could cause a delay or postpone this. Should this be the case, Harworth will issue further updates on a revised timetable.
While the Power Station site is in the Shropshire Council area, Telford & Wrekin Council is supporting this as the demolition could affect a number of residents who live in the borough, particularly those who live near the site. Visit the Harworth's website for more information about the scheme.
Where is the exclusion zone?
Harworth’s principal concern is to bring all four towers down safely, in full compliance with a demolition notice issued by Shropshire Council. To protect everyone on site and in the local area, a 350m safety exclusion zone will be in place shortly before, during and for a period after the explosion to which there will be no public access.
Please note: any home or business inside the exclusion will be contacted directly by Harworth.
To support the demolition of the cooling towers there will be some short term road closures from 6am on Friday 6 December 2019 which may restrict access to some parts of the Ironbridge Gorge:
- Buildwas Road will be fully closed from 6am until after the demolition
- Coach Road, Station Road, Strethill Road, New Road, Church Hill, Hodge Bower, Paradise, Belmont Road, St Luke’s Road, Belle Vue Road, Lincoln Hill and Darby Road will be closed to non residents. There will be no diversions in place for these closures.
- the roadside verges of the B4380 will be coned off to prevent parking on verges
- there will be parking restrictions in place on Dale End, Madeley Road and Bridge Bank/Ladywood.
- the Severn Trent Road closure on Ladywood will be lifted during this period
- we will be monitoring the parking around The Wrekin and will implement short term parking restrictions or road closures if required.
Please note: in order to minimise the disruption to businesses in Ironbridge the Jiggers Bank Park and Ride will run from 9.30am - 1pm on 6 December 2019.
Footpaths and rights of way closures
A number of footpaths and bridleways close to the Power Station site and on adjacent land will be temporarily closed from 6am on Friday 6 December 2019. This is to restrict public access and ensure the safety of the public.
How best to view the demolition?
To maintain the integrity of the exclusion zone at all times to ensure a managed demolition, there will be no viewing area on site or off site. There is also no parking on or near to the power station site.
People are asked to be considerate of local businesses and households and to not block or restrict access to any roads or premises.
The best place to view the demolition will be online.
What about noise or dust?
The towers’ demolition will generate dust and the majority of this will fall in the immediate vicinity of the towers. It is possible some dust will fall outside the 350m exclusion zone. If any local residents have a respiratory conditions you are advised to stay indoors during and immediately after demolition takes place.
We expect the noise to be very loud (although short lived) and personnel and staff working in the exclusion zone will be wearing ear defenders The public are all advised to stay in door and keep their doors and windows closed during the blast.
Last updated: 4.23pm on Wednesday 4 December 2019