P.P. O’Connor to flatten Fiddler’s Ferry
Peel NRE has appointed the demolition specialist to raze the former coal-fired power station near Warrington.
Scroll down to see drone photos of the cooling towers.
Fiddler’s Ferry Power Station is owned by Peel L&P subsidiary Peel NRE, which is working on a 10- to 15-year masterplan for the 820-acre brownfield site. One element of this proposal would be a 1.4m sq ft industrial scheme.
Peel NRE said it was P.P. O’Connor’s experience in complex demolitions that won them the contract, which was for an undisclosed amount.
The Trafford Park-based P.P. O’Connor led the demolition of INEOS in Runcorn, Stanlow Refinery in Ellesmere Port, and LyondellBasell in Carrington.
At Fiddler’s Ferry, the power station will be dismantled and destroyed in phases. The first of these phases will zero in on the coal stockyard, the site’s northern cooling towers, and a few ex-administrative buildings.
The cooling towers will be destroyed by the end of January 2024.
Kieran Tames, development director at Peel NRE, described the announcement of P.P. O’Connor as demolition contractor as a “major milestone” for the project.
“It’s reassuring to be working with industry experts, P.P. O’Connor as we demolish one of the country’s last remaining coal-fired power stations,” Tames said.
“We know that the demolition has been anticipated by communities, not just in Warrington but across the region so will ensure that residents will be kept updated on our demolition plans as we develop a precise timetable.”
P.P. O’Connor will be using a local workforce on the project, which will involve around 120 staff members.
“Fiddler’s Ferry is a highly prestigious location, and we are very proud to be involved in this project,” said P.P. O’Connor managing director Peter O’Connor. “We look forward to working with Peel NRE to achieve its vision in the regeneration of this strategic site.”
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