Demolition of Didcot A power station

Time has been called on Didcot A power station and the iconic cooling towers will be dominating the skyline of the Thames Valley for just a few more months. 

The demolition of a large industrial site, like Didcot A is a long and complicated process.  Work has already begun demolishing some of the smaller buildings, huts and equipment at Didcot A. The exciting, but complicated task of bringing down the main cooling towers starts on 27 July.  Read our chief executive's letter about the timing of the demolition (76.9 KB) PDF .

For more information please visit RWE npower's Destruction of Didcot A website.

Where do we come in?

Our Environmental Protection team has been working closely with the demolition contractor, Coleman and Company, to ensure that the effects from noise and dust from the demolition are acceptable. The Environmental Protection team is happy that appropriate measures are in place to control these impacts. If you have concerns about the demolition works please contact Coleman and Company on 0121 325 2424 or visit

Planning and building control officers have been working with RWE npower to ensure that the correct applications, notices, legal documentation and consents are in place for each of the seven proposed phases of demolition (which we will outline on this page soon), which started in January 2014. South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse district councils will be publishing more information on our websites in due course to ensure that local residents are informed.

What’s next for the site?

Plans for the reuse of the site are at a very early stage. The district council has identified this as an important site for its employment growth strategy, so will talk to local residents about its long term future.

Last reviewed: 01 - 07 - 2014

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