Next stage set for demolition of iconic Fiddlers Ferry

The next stage of the demolition of the iconic Fiddlers Ferry power station has been approved.

Found between Widnes and Warrington on the River Mersey, the power station was decommissioned in March 2020 after nearly half a century of use. At its peak, the facility could produce enough electricity to power around two million homes.

Peel NRE purchased the 820-acre site in July 2022 and the company is demolishing the power station in stages as it works on future industrial and housing uses for the area. Four of the decommissioned power station's cooling towers were razed to the ground in December, altering the Mersey skyline forever.

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Now, Warrington Council has granted Peel NRE permission to proceed with the next stage of demolition. This will not see the remaining four towers knocked down, instead, a number of other buildings on the site will be demolished.

According to planning documents, this will include a pump house, treatment areas, the gas turbine house, storage tanks, slurry pits and many other buildings.

December saw the first stage of demolition take place. The four northern cooling towers were destroyed, along with the coal stockyard, and former administrative buildings. The entire process of demolition is expected to be completed by 2025 or 2026, paving the way for Fiddlers Ferry to be utilised for commercial and residential projects.

The site has been identified in the draft Warrington Local Plan for the development of around 250-acres for business use, as well as a residential community.

Included in the plans are four large logistics and manufacturing buildings plus service yards over 1.4m square feet of land. Peel NRE says this will support more than 2,100 jobs, 845 of which will be created by the project, and will contribute £89.2m to Warrington’s economy.

Later phases will include a new neighbourhood east of the former power station, with the potential to include a primary school, shops and GP surgery, with further plans for more housing to be submitted later.

Peel said Widnes Road will be improved as part of the project and a pedestrian path and cycleway will be created. The company says it has committed to a net 10% biodiversity gain.

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