Final set of cooling towers demolished at old power station

The last four cooling towers at the former Eggborough Power station plant in Goole, North Yorkshire, were demolished yesterday – 10 October.

The work was carried out by DSM Demolition, sister company to regeneration specialist and expert in brownfield development St Francis Group.

Demolition of the towers was the next key milestone in the redevelopment of the site which is earmarked for mixed use regeneration in a Joint Venture by St Francis Group and Marshall Commercial Development Projects.

The implosion took place at 9am, within the perimeter of a 350-metre diameter exclusion zone set up to safeguard the public.

DSM worked with Northern Gas networks and National Grid to ensure uninterrupted gas and electricity supplies to the local area.

The 90-metre high towers were only 60 metres away from the National Grid sub-station open switch gear and overhead lines, meaning meticulous planning and protective measures were required to ensure their destruction did not impact on energy supplies.

DSM project manager, James Fincham, said: “18 months of planning and work on site to achieve what has been accomplished today is a testament to the demolition team on site and all involved with the project.

“Plans and preparation are now well underway for the further demolition works to be undertaken in 2022.”

St Francis group director of operations, Simon Dale, added: “On behalf of St Francis Group and Marshall CDP, I would like to thank the DSM team for their successful and safe implementation of our second explosive event at the former Eggborough Power Station plant.

“The team have worked diligently over the past few months to ensure the event was planned, co-ordinated and implemented safely.

“The removal of all eight cooling towers is a significant milestone for the development, and we look forward to working further with DSM and others to regenerate this site and create economic development for the region.”