Demolition – Post Blowdown Statement

The last remaining structures at Eggborough Power Station were demolished today in what’s known as a controlled initiated collapse. The structures were previously part of the decommissioned Eggborough Power Station Plant that was closed down in 2018. Once heralded as a landmark in Eggborough, the former structures which were built in the 1960s had reached the end of the operational life. The demolition will make way for the regeneration of the area into industrial warehouses.

The demolition saw the two structures collapsed in a controlled manner with the use of high-speed explosives. The 50,000-tonne steel framed Boiler House and 20,000-tonne 200m tall reinforced concrete Chimney were collapsed over a 10 second period.

The works were overseen by Birmingham based demolition contractor DSM Demolition Ltd and were carried out at 10:00am. Billy Young, Technical Director said ‘We are delighted that all the planning and hard work that has led up to today has enabled us to have a successful demolition. We appreciate that a large number of Hensall & Eggborough residents and businesses have been disrupted by the work that had to be carried out, but we have worked hard to communicate with them as much as possible. We would like to thank them and the wider community for their patience so far and assure everyone that we will do all we can to minimise any further disruption.’

St Francis Group Director of Operations Simon Dale said ‘On behalf of St Francis Group and Marshall CDP, we would like to thank the DSM Team for their successful and safe implementation of our final explosive event at the former Eggborough Power Station plant. DSM have worked professionally and tirelessly to ensure that the demolition was safe, within budget and to time minimising the disruption to the area, local residents and businesses. Planning a demolition of this nature warrants careful consideration of health and safety, value for money and success and I am pleased to say that we have achieved all three today’. We are now very much focussed on the next phase of development, that will regenerate this brownfield industrial site into a regionally significant warehouse and logistics development site, creating employment opportunities for the local community.

DSM Project Manager, James Fincham said ‘The work that has been put in by the team over the past 36 months to plan and prepare for today is a testament to them’. ‘The site will now be cleared back to a brown field site for an incoming developer. It is anticipated that more than 99% of the materials resulting from the demolition will be recycled and re-used within the construction industry’.

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