Ironbridge Power Station demolition set to start in late spring
The demolition of Ironbridge Power Station's cooling towers has moved a step closer after a firm was appointed to carry out the work.
The power station is the subject of considerable redevelopment plans, with a consultation about the future of the site expected to begin at the end of spring.
The site has been bought by Harworth Group, which has now confirmed it expects the demolition to begin in "late spring".
An update posted by the company said: "Harworth Group has now appointed a contractor to undertake demolition of the former power station, including redundant buildings and associated infrastructure.
"The finer details of how we will approach demolition and the phasing are currently being finalised.
"On site preparations are currently being made in anticipation of demolition works proper beginning in late spring."
The company said it was still having discussions with local residents and organisations over the demolition.
Its statement added: "Harworth Group has been continuing to liaise with key stakeholders, including Shropshire Council and the Environment Agency, about the demolition and will continue to do so throughout its estimated two-year programme.
"Further details on the programme will be provided at the next public consultation for the site’s redevelopment at the back end of spring."
The company bought the former Ironbridge Power Station from Uniper in June last year.
Ideas for the future of the site were shared with local residents at a presentation event last year.
Two proposals for the site were unveiled, giving an idea of where hundreds of homes, leisure facilities, shops and a hotel could sit within the Gorge.
It is expected that the full project could take 15 years to complete.
The two plans both contained housing and commercial areas.