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Report - Tilbury 'A' Power Station - Essex - 2012-2015



Speed

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Towards the end of 2011 i made a discovery that blew me away, the remains of the former Barking power stations on the banks of the Thames just outside London really stand out to me as one of my best ever finds. The dust had not even settled on that saga and i was out searching for more. I had recently bought a book that contained a list of every UK power station ever built. I sat down and started to run down the list checking each one for what might survive. Back then i was still primarily living in Suffolk so the i started with the local stations ticking them off as i went. The first one to show any promise was Tilbury.

At the time the B Station was still in full operation having recently been converted to burn Bio Fuel but what caught my attention was the 'little' brick building next door. Obviously older, this block turned out to be the remains of the A station. Built in the late 1950s. The A station had run for only a few years until it was mothballed in 1981. The place had sat there untouched until 1999 when the turbine halls and boiler house were demolished. HOWEVER when the B station was built in the early 1960s it was deemed unnecessary to provide it with its own stores and workshops so the stores and workshops of A were retained and continued to serve the site until B's fire and subsequent final closure a couple of years back. The good news for us is that to retain the stores and workshop buildings they essentially had to keep the entire 'non generating' side of the plant. There may be no turbines to see here but virtually everything else was retained and a lot simply abandoned. Admin, Labs, Canteens, Bath Houses, Switching Equipment and of course a Control Room!... Or so i assumed because at the time that i rocked up here for my first recce visit in early 2012 i wasn't rally sure what i would find. With the B station still generating A was still quite active too, power was on, CCTV was on. I had a bit of a poke but without taking a big 'bylaw contravening' risk it didn't seem like it was really going to happen and i put it firmly on the back burner. When the B Station closure was announced i started to put wheels in motion for a return visit but alas that year wasn't really a good on for me, way to busy with other things in life and fb and co moved in for the kill on the B side before i knew what was happening. Roll forward to 2014 and time was back on my side a bit, i went back for another recce and was pleasantly surprised to see the A side of the site as good as dead, no power on anymore and the place looking a lot more do-able. Within a few months i was back on the banks of the Thames uncovering the secrets of another stunningly intact piece of CEGB epic.

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Control Room

Well this is what i went to find to be honest, i knew where it would likely be and walking up the stairs and catching a glimpse of the wonderfully intact 'penthouse suite' was definitely that 'mission accomplished' moment!


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Labs

First sign that i was not only onto something good but something special was the labs, This place was far from a stripped shell i had been worried about finding.

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Speed

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Paperwork and Plans

One thing that shocked me was the amount of paperwork left behind. A plan chest in the control room contained a decent array of blueprints and heading down into the lower floors rooms stacked high with stuff appeared. Equipment manuals, stores ledgers, archive photos, even the entire tender archive for the B station. I could spend hours in there rummaging!

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Speed

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Plenty of offices to see, some empty some filled with old equipment. The wages safe was virtually untouched but unfortunately the same couldn't be said for the managers office which had had its wood paneling ripped out and was well past it.

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Canteen and Locker rooms

Top floor houses Staff and workers canteens and associated kitchens. Plenty of locker rooms too.

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Workshops and Stores

The main electric and mechanical workshops had been converted to stores at some point. They were bricked off from the main bulk of the building but a bit of monkeying about got us access to at least some of them. The motor transport works was also open but quite a bit was locked and vehicles still move between tips so one would assume its not totally dead in this area, certainly still some bits to be seen.

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The Lone Ranger

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Very nice report and photos :thumb

I have spent a fair bit of time working here in the past, so good to see the place again, especially Tilbery A.
 

slayaaaa

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Ah mate, major props to you, nice shots as well. I went into the B station a while back, will have to find my pics I think. Really enjoyed this, cheers Speed. :thumb
 

Els

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I much prefere the bird shit bespattered 1950's retro shit to the modern stuff tbh. It gives me a right hard on.
 

Speed

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Ive not done B yet, This was more important so didn't want to jeopardise getting round all of it. Will have pop when i get time, looks quite a fearsome entrance so need to get organised for a whole day in there, dont want to do it twice really!
 

clebby

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It really is a sensational place. Weird to think that it was derelict when Battersea was still in operation ffs.

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