Fiddler's Ferry

Regeneration

About the project

Project Vision

The redevelopment of Fiddler’s Ferry is a once in a generation opportunity to deliver significant new jobs and homes on one of the largest brownfield sites in the region.

Peel NRE’s purchase of the Fiddler’s Ferry site from SSE is the first step towards transforming the disused former power station into a sustainable development, offering new jobs and high quality family homes for local people.

About Peel NRE

About Peel NRE – Re-energising Natural Resources

Peel NRE, part of regeneration business Peel L&P, is at the heart of the nati­on’s activity around clean growth and a circular economy – helping the UK achieve net zero by 2050 and supporting regional climate emergency targets.

It reuses, repurposes and re-energises natural resources to develop and maintain vital infrastructure across the UK with specialisms in renewable energies, district heating, waste to value, water and materials management and electric vehicle charging.

Peel NRE’s track record also includes transforming redundant and heavy industrial sites to support local and regional aspirations and development needs for employment and housing.

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Fiddler’s Ferry was a significant feature for the area for decades, which at its peak was producing 2,000MW of power and employed hundreds of workers. We want to hear your stories about the plant, whether you worked on site or lived nearby. Click below to share your memories.

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Project Timeline

What happens When?

The former power station is a considerable site which will require extensive demolition before redevelopment can begin in earnest. The timeline below shows the possible length of the process, with the site not likely to be completed until at least 2040.

Commencement of phased demolition

2022

Commencement of infrastructure, enabling works and remediation

2023/4

Demolition complete

2025/6

Phased development programme and masterplan complete

2040

Commencement of phased demolition

Commencement of phased demolition

2022

Commencement of infrastructure, enabling works and remediation

Commencement of infrastructure, enabling works and remediation

2023/4

Demolition complete

Demolition complete

2025/6

Phased development programme and masterplan complete

Phased development programme and masterplan complete

2040

WHAT COULD THE SITE LOOK LIKE?

Illustrative Masterplan

The site features in the emerging Warrington Local Plan and illustrative images have been produced to show what the area could look like once the redevelopment has been completed. This is subject to change based on future needs and planning applications. We want to work with the communities around Fiddler’s Ferry to shape a development that is considerate to the needs of both existing and new residents.

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Ownership

The site is owned by natural resources and energy company Peel NRE, part of regeneration business Peel L&P, after being recently acquired from energy company SSE Thermal.

Peel L&P is responsible for some of the country’s most transformational projects across the North West including The Trafford Centre, MediaCity at Salford Quays and Liverpool Waters.

Peel NRE’s track record also includes transforming redundant and heavy industrial sites to support local and regional aspirations and development needs for employment and housing.

The Proposals

Over the coming years, Peel NRE will work in partnership with Warrington Council on the regeneration of the 820-acre site through a 10 to 15-year mixed-use masterplan which will coordinate the regeneration of one of the largest brownfield sites in the country.

Our proposals are in line Warrington Council’s emerging plan which identifies the site for a new sustainable community to create jobs, boost skills, address local housing shortages including affordable homes and create new accessible parkland and wildlife areas.

The current masterplan has the capacity to deliver a minimum of 1,760 homes and c89 Ha (4 million sq ft) of employment land delivered over multiple phases.

This signals an exciting future for the site, securing future investment for Warrington’s economy and the wider region.

The Fiddler’s Ferry power station and cooling towers were decommissioned in 2020 in line with Government policy to phase out coal-fired facilities by 2025.

To ready the site for redevelopment, Peel NRE is shortly submitting a ‘prior approval’ request to Warrington Council to agree the first stage of demolition which includes the coal stock yard, four northern cooling towers and some of the former administrative buildings to the north of the site.

A number of site surveys are also taking place on site which will inform how the masterplan is delivered, any remediation needed on site and the process of demolition of the current power station facility. 

Demolition

The proposals will eventually see the demolition of the power station buildings and its eight cooling towers, which is located near the River Mersey in between Warrington and Halton.

The first stage of demolition includes the phased demolition of the coal stock yard, four northern cooling towers and some of the former administrative buildings to the north of the site.

Peel NRE is looking to commence phased demolition of the site in 2022. Peel NRE has submitted a ‘prior approval’ request to Warrington Council to agree the first stage of demolition.

To ensure that the demolition works are completed to the highest level of safety and the minimum amount of disruption to site neighbours, residents and businesses, a Demolition Statement and Environmental Management Plan will be prepared before any demolition works commence. This will involve discussions with Warrington Council and the appointment of a specialist demolition contractor.

As we move ahead with the demolition of the site, we are committed to an ongoing programme of engagement and consultation with site neighbours, residents and businesses before any demolition works commence.

Once we have appointed a specialist demolition contractor, we will share information about the programme for demolition involving the four northern cooling towers.

Construction

The proposals create a long-term future for the site and will be delivered in phases over a 10–15-year time period. Following demolition, the commencement of infrastructure and enabling works will take place in 2022/2023.

We envisage that there will be significant employment opportunities for local contractors and local people to be involved in the redevelopment of the site. Please contact hello@fiddlersferry.com if you want to find out more and register your interest.

Contact Us

If you have any further questions about this website or the consultation, please email us at hello@fiddlersferry.com

Or you can contact us at: Fiddler’s Ferry Project Team, Venus Building, 1 Old Park Lane, TRAFFORDCITY, Manchester M41 7HA

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