Ferrybridge 'C' Power Station, Knottingley, Wakefield, West Yorkshire. Building Recording of Barge Unloader and Coal Handling Plant (OASIS ID: aecom1-343928)

Gillian Scott, 2019

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Ferrybridge 'C' Power Station, Knottingley, Wakefield, West Yorkshire. Building Recording of Barge Unloader and Coal Handling Plant (OASIS ID: aecom1-343928)

AECOM Infrastructure and Environment Ltd was commissioned by SSE Generation Ltd to undertake a Level 2 Building Recording and drone survey of the barge unloader and coal handling facilities at Ferrybridge 'C' power station. The building recording seeks to mitigate the impact of the demolition of the power station, including removal of the barge unloader, under a prior approval.

The buildings within the power station, including the barge unloader, were assessed for designation in October 2015 when it was announced that the power station was due to close. The decision was taken not to designate the power station. Further to that, the power station was granted a Certificate of Immunity from Listing (COI) in July 2017. A condition for building recording of the barge unloader was placed on the approval for demolition.

The site is located on the River Aire, near Knottingley in West Yorkshire. Ferrybridge is one of three coal-fired power stations built in this area, the other two being Eggborough and Drax. Ferrybridge ‘C’ is the third iteration of the power station on this site. The first, Ferrybridge ‘A’, was constructed in 1924 and is now a grade II listed building. It was replaced in 1955 with Ferrybridge ‘B’, built to its north side. Ferrybridge ‘C’ was then added to the west side in 1968 and it operated along with Ferrybridge ‘B’ until the latter was closed and demolished in 1992. Ferrybridge ‘C’ remained in operation until 2016, when it closed following fire damage and the uneconomical improvements that would be required to comply with the EU Industrial Emissions Directive. Ferrybridge Multifuel 1 Power Station began operation adjacent to Ferrybridge ‘C’ in 2015.

Ferrybridge ‘C’ has been the subject of a detailed heritage assessment produced by AECOM as part of the application for a COI. The heritage appraisal outlined the significance of the standing buildings and structures on the site. Consultation undertaken during the course of securing the COI and the prior approval for demolition of the power station highlighted the particular interest associated with the barge unloader, or ‘barge tippler’ on the site.


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