Regenerating Rugeley Power Station

The site of the former coal fired power stations in Rugeley has been an important community staple across many generations. Despite partial development of the Lea Hall Colliery and “A” power station over the past twenty years ENGIE is now progressing the final stage of development to transform the site into a sustainable, low carbon community. This community portal offers a platform for everyone to stay connected and keep informed as we progress the redevelopment of a sustainable, low carbon community.

As well as sharing our masterplan for the scheme and keeping you abreast of the latest news surrounding the

The site of the former coal fired power stations in Rugeley has been an important community staple across many generations. Despite partial development of the Lea Hall Colliery and “A” power station over the past twenty years ENGIE is now progressing the final stage of development to transform the site into a sustainable, low carbon community. This community portal offers a platform for everyone to stay connected and keep informed as we progress the redevelopment of a sustainable, low carbon community.

As well as sharing our masterplan for the scheme and keeping you abreast of the latest news surrounding the project; we invite you to share your personal anecdotes and stories of this historic site, while outlining your hopes or concerns for its future.

Here you will find progress updates, information on key events, community initiatives, interviews with key stakeholders and job opportunities among others.

  • Earthworks update - Community Event on 11/09/2021

    A community briefing event is taking place at the Rose Theatre, Rugeley on Saturday 11th September 2021. The event will commence at 10:00 and is planned to finish no later than 12:00 with ample time allowed for your questions. Refreshments will be provided.

    The event is intended to inform you of the planned works taking place at the ash lagoon area of the power station site from Q4 2021 and to give residents notice of the works commencing.

    Further information will be shared via our http://www.rugeleypower.com/ and on this portal with leaflet drops as works progress.


  • Major milestone in Rugeley’s transition towards a low-carbon future

    The regeneration of the Rugeley B coal fired power station site has achieved a major milestone with the controlled demolition of the four 117m concrete cooling towers that have dominated the local skyline for decades. ENGIE, the leading energy, services and regeneration specialist which formerly operated the station will now progress with ambitious plans to redevelop the site into low-carbon mixed use community.


    The regeneration project will be the first time a major UK energy company will lead the repurposing of one of its own sites, and will demonstrate the potential for sustainable brownfield redevelopment to support the UK’s transition to Net Zero by 2050. The Rugeley site will now be developed into one of the lowest carbon mixed use developments of its size in the UK, utilising innovative technologies including onsite renewable energy generation and smart homes incorporating battery and solar PV solutions.

    Following three years of community engagement, outline planning permission was granted in April this year to deliver a mixed-use development which will include 2,300 new low carbon homes and an “all-through” school. The wider Rugeley development will also comprise more than 12 acres of employment space, a new neighbourhood centre and a country park alongside the River Trent – providing access to a section of riverside which has been inaccessible for decades.

    Colin Macpherson, Divisional CEO for ENGIE UK & Ireland, said: “The next ten years are crucial to address the climate crisis – and in the same timescale this regeneration project will become a reference of sustainable living fit for the UK’s net zero future. The local people have been at the heart of every decision, concept and planning application, with our teams determined to deliver something special for the people of Rugeley – that will inject new life, jobs, homes and education into the community.

    “This is a really meaningful example of building back greener and better in the wake of the Covid pandemic and we are lucky to have had the backing and support of Cannock Chase District Council, Lichfield District Council and Staffordshire County Council, and local Members of Parliament to bring this to fruition. We hope this regeneration will become a blueprint for other former carbon intensive industrial centres in the UK to create positive outcomes for their communities compatible with a net zero future.”

    Energy Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan said: “We are committed to building back greener from the pandemic and ENGIE’s low carbon regeneration project is a great initiative demonstrating how industrial sites can be revitalised to provide sustainable living.

    “This innovative redevelopment will help breathe new life into the local community, providing new jobs, thousands of low carbon homes and a new school, while supporting our ambitious climate commitments.”

  • ENGIE gets the green light for Rugeley redevelopment


    ENGIE, leading energy, services and regeneration specialist, has been granted outline planning permission from Cannock Chase District Council and Lichfield District Council, for the significant redevelopment of Rugeley Power Station in Staffordshire.


    After three years of extensive community engagement and planning, ENGIE will now progress plans to transform the former coal-fired Power Station site, which it owns, into a sustainable, mixed-use development of 2,300 new low carbon homes with a low carbon all through school.


    With outline planning now confirmed, ENGIE will be able to make headway with infrastructure and remediation work, while progressing the school model.


    The development will advance in phases, with initial work commencing to the north of the development, where the coal yards resided. The remediation work will start in May and is projected to complete in the winter of 2022. Infrastructure will begin in the autumn with housing parcels following remediation.


    The wider Rugeley masterplan includes more than 12 acres of employment space and a new country park alongside the River Trent. ENGIE has incorporated significant local commitments as part of the Section 106 agreement, including the delivery of a new neighbourhood centre and dentist facility.


    Additionally, the company is in communication to see how it can support and enhance amenities for a number of locally loved fixtures including the model railway, local allotments and the canal.


    Colin Macpherson, Divisional CEO for ENGIE UK & Ireland, said: “We have been in positive and productive communication with all the relevant local authorities and local residents for many years now; as we pushed to drive forward with a powerful proposal that would enrich the local area and inject new homes, jobs and opportunities after the closure of the power station.


    “We’re delighted to now be in a position where we can start to deliver on this ground-breaking development and look forward to continue working closely with the local authorities and the John Taylor Multi Academy Trust (JTMAT) as the scheme develops.”


    Bob Kean, Interim Managing Director for Cannock Chase Council said: “As we recover from the pandemic the development of the former power station site becomes hugely significant for us. It is one of our main economic objectives in our new corporate plan and will help us realise our ambition to be a carbon neutral District by 2030.


    “We have been impressed by the way ENGIE has progressed its exciting vision. It is good to see that this is now starting to be delivered `on the ground`.”


    Diane Tilly, Chief Executive of Lichfield District Council said: “It’s really encouraging to see the progress being made with this important project. Much effort has been put in to ensuring a good outcome for this strategic development site from all involved and to date we are very pleased with the approach that ENGIE are taking towards its future sustainability and low carbon impact and the opportunities that it will bring to the area”


    Staffordshire County Council’s director for economy, infrastructure and skills Darryl Eyers said: “Now outline planning permission has been granted for the Rugeley power station site redevelopment we can look forward to the project moving forward in the coming months. This is an exciting development for Rugeley, Staffordshire and the region and a great example of how the private sector is working with local government to help achieve a lower carbon future.”


    The cooling towers at the Power Station are due to be demolished on 6 June 2021, which will mark a key milestone in the transition into the start of the redevelopment.


  • Rugeley Power Station Main Chimney Blowdown

    On Sunday 24th January 2021, we brought down the main chimney in a controlled demolition, a major next step in our redevelopment of the Rugeley Power Station site from coal fired power station to zero carbon community.



  • Major feat for ENGIE’s Rugeley masterplan as sustainable school gets funding

    ENGIE’s plans for a significant redevelopment of the former Rugeley Power Station in Staffordshire, have been given a major boost, as the John Taylor Multi Academy Trust (JTMAT), has been awarded funding through the Department for Education’s (DfE) free school programme for a brand-new all-through school.

    The funding was granted through Wave 14 of the DfE programme after a JTMAT application demonstrated the significant benefits the investment would bring to Rugeley.

    ENGIE, a leading energy, services and regeneration company, announced plans in late 2018 to transform the Coal-fired Power Station site, which it owned, into a sustainable, mixed-use development of 2,300 new low carbon homes; and up to 12.36 acres of employment space, which received outline planning approval earlier last year.

    ENGIE later submitted an amendment to the application to potentially include a low carbon All Through School within the development and this was granted in July 2020 by the local planning authorities.

    The school, which will welcome children from the Rugeley and Lichfield local districts, as well as the future residents on the Rugeley Power Station site, will be entirely sustainable in design and net zero carbon in operation. Everything will be electric and renewable energy will play a key role in reducing carbon emissions.

    Mark Dolling, Director – Education & Public Sector Capital Programmes at ENGIE UK & Ireland, said: “ENGIE is delighted to be working with JTMAT and other stakeholders in leading the design and delivery of this new school. This is an extremely exciting project for all involved – we are not only providing a new, highly sustainable school that will sit at the heart of a new low carbon community; but we are paving the way for the education sector more broadly. Schools can play an integral part in leading the transition to zero carbon and this new school, alongside the wider development, will offer a sustainable place for people to live, work and learn. We passionately believe the scheme will act as an exemplar in placemaking.”

    JTMAT CEO, Mike Donoghue said: “We are naturally excited and extremely proud to have been given the responsibility to lead the new school at Rugeley. With a growing Trust that currently comprises many local good and outstanding primary and secondary schools, and a track record of successfully delivering a large Free School, we felt that we were well-placed to offer an exciting, high quality, and innovative offer to the children and families in the area. Focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) from nursery through to Sixth Form, we will do all that we can to make this school outstanding and stand out. I’m delighted that, after a rigorous application and interview process, the selection panel agreed.

    “Now the work begins in earnest to fulfil our vision to create the best school we possibly can. The application was very much a team effort, and so will be our work to deliver the school to the community. We look forward to working alongside our partner organisations to make all this happen. We couldn’t be more thrilled.”

    The educational facilities are due to open in September 2023 and will eventually accommodate 1,400 pupils, plus a nursery.


Page last updated: 07 September 2021, 17:13