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Report - Willington A & B Powerstation, Derbyshire, March 2016

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by HughieD, Mar 11, 2016.

  1. HughieD

    HughieD 28DL Regular User
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    This place is quite like anything else I’ve seen, possibly with the exception of RAF Stenigot. Explored with non-member GazzaM. There are few sites you can see five or so miles before you get to them. The five cooling towers at Willington dominate the flood planes of the Trent. You don’t really get the scale of them until you get up close and their size sinks in. The site itself is easy access and a really relaxed explore. Three of the five have still got the inner cooling systems in while the two nearest the main road have been cleared and are just shells. The site itself has been cleared and just the cooling towers are left. It gives an even more surreal feeling to the place. All-in-all a fantastic place. Hope that they don’t knock these titans to power generation down.

    Here’s the history bit:

    The coal-fired power station at Willington was built in the 1950s. Willington Power Station actually comprised of two almost entirely independent generating stations situated on the same site. With separate management and staff, the few facilities they shared amounted to the coal and water supply. The two stations were formally known as Willington ‘A’ and Willington ‘B’, with the ‘A’ Station closest to the main road. Station A came on line in 1957 and the B station a few years later. Two of the cooling towers belonged to the A station and 3 to the B station.Having operated throughout the 60s,70s and 80s on a nationalised basis they were then privatised and sold to National Power in 1989. It eventually closed in the 1990s, first station A in 1995 then the B station in 1999. As mentioned above most of the power station was demolished around 2000. The site was earmarked for a large residential development, pending the results of a public inquiry however the construction plans met with local opposition and in January 2009 the proposed redevelopment of the former Willington Power Station site were not granted planning approval. In the mid-1990s a pair of peregrine falcons nested in one of the site's huge cooling towers. Unlike many bird of prey breeding sites, this was widely publicised because of its impregnable location. In July 2013 plans were submitted to build a new gas-fired power station and if granted the cooling towers will be demolished.

    The five towers dominate the Trent flood planes:

    [​IMG]img3886 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    They really are a stunning sight:

    [​IMG]img3955 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    [​IMG]img3884 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    [​IMG]img3887 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The site around them is like some kind of flattened industrial wasteland:

    [​IMG]img3890 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    [​IMG]img3892 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    It seems unfeasible how the towers are held up by the concrete pillars:

    [​IMG]img3898 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    [​IMG]img3899 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    They literally tower above you:

    [​IMG]img3902bw by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Three have the internals in-tact, including the brick cooling fins:

    [​IMG]img3905 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    [​IMG]img3907 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    There’s even some graff in there:

    [​IMG]img3906 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Most of the machinery has gone except for these fellas:

    [​IMG]img3927 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    [​IMG]img3909 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    You can walk right into the centre of the towers:

    [​IMG]img3913 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    [​IMG]img3917 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    [​IMG]img3914 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Best not fall off the concrete walk-way:

    [​IMG]img3919 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    On to the two that have had the inners cleared:

    [​IMG]img3956 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    [​IMG]img3933 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    [​IMG]img3945 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The view inside is as sublime as it is surreal:

    [​IMG]img3938 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    [​IMG]img3934 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Outside the towers are smooth and featureless bar the odd hatch:

    [​IMG]img3928 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    [​IMG]img3931 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Bye bye five brothers…

    [​IMG]img3957 by HughieDW, on Flickr
     

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  2. jsp77

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    That's a great set there hughie, thanks
     
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  3. Dempsey

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    You got any more phots of the cooling towers mate? :p
     
  4. scotty markfour

    scotty markfour 28DL Regular User
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    luv them pics ...well done @HughieD ....that tom baker pic is telling of the return of doctor who ...lol
     
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  5. HughieD

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    More on my Flickr page mate...and here's a lil vid too:

     
  6. BrainL

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    Nice pics but its not really a power station anymore is it :) lol
     
  7. HughieD

    HughieD 28DL Regular User
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    "Remnants of power station"
     
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  8. Pest

    Pest Read comics and sleep all day, = no worries
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    Tough Mother, I can't believe this place is still standing! Still no word on the new power station?
     
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