Crowds gather as four landmark 300-ft cooling towers get demolished at power station

Crowds gather as four landmark 300-ft cooling towers get demolished at power station

The coal-fired power station was decommissioned in 2018, and this morning four of its eight towers were demolished as part of a plan to redevelop the site

This is the incredible moment four huge cooling towers were demolished as spectators came to watch the structures come down this morning.

The 300-foot high towers came down just after 8am this morning at the former Eggborough power station in North Yorkshire.

The coal-fired power station was decommissioned in 2018.

This morning, four of its eight towers were demolished as part of a plan to redevelop the site.

Footage from the site shows the massive towers crumbling down in the hazy morning sun.

The towers contained around 11,000 tonnes of reinforced concrete.

The cooling towers can be seen for miles and have been regarded as a Yorkshire landmark for 50 years, along with the other two nearby power stations along the M62.

Spectators could be seen in the fields around the rural location of the site to watch the demolition despite dismal, drizzling conditions.

The Yorkshire Day demolition was carried out by contractor DSM.

Police closed roads, and 40 security guards patrolled a 350-metre exclusion zone.

DSM technical director Billy Young told News and Star : “We are delighted that all the planning and hard work that has led up to today has enabled us to have a successful demolition.

“We appreciate that a large number of Eggborough residents and businesses could have been disrupted by the work, but we have worked hard to communicate with them behind the scenes and by correspondence to minimise this in as much as practicably possible.

“We would like to thank them and the wider community for their patience so far and assure everyone that we will do all we can to minimise any further disruption.”

The 2,000-megawatt power station started generating electricity in 1967, producing enough power to the equivalent of Leeds and Sheffield combined, while employing 300 people.

The site was acquired by the St Francis Group in 2019.

There are plans for an industrial and distribution park on the site once the rest of the station is demolished, including the remaining four cooling towers and the main 600-foot high chimney.

A statement from the company said: “The initiated collapse of the towers by means of high-velocity explosives was the safest, most economical, and environmentally friendly approach to demolish the structures.

“The remainder of the site will be further demolished over the next 18 months to create a blank canvas for future regeneration and development of the former power station site.”

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