Blackburn Meadows Biomass

  • © Paul Karalius
  • © Paul Karalius
  • © Paul Karalius
  • © Paul Karalius
  • © Paul Karalius
  • © Paul Karalius
  • © Paul Karalius
  • © Paul Karalius
  • © Paul Karalius
  • © Paul Karalius
  • © Paul Karalius
  • © Paul Karalius
  • © Paul Karalius
  • © Paul Karalius
  • © Paul Karalius
  • © Paul Karalius
  • © Paul Karalius
  • © Paul Karalius

Application Type

Civic Trust Awards

Level of Award

Award

Region

Yorkshire & Humberside

Local Authority Area

Sheffield

Information about this scheme

Blackburn Meadows is a Biomass Power Plant generating energy by converting locally sourced waste wood into electricity.  The plant has risen from the ashes of the famous ‘Tinsley Towers’, the remnants of a coal-fired power station, acting as a new landmark in the regeneration of the Don Valley, signalling a major gateway to the city.  The architects have skilfully and consistently cloaked the inner workings in an industrial metal cladding, choosing black as the predominant colour, echoing the nearby steel giants Forgemasters and Magna. The furnace at the core of the complex is clad in a fiery shade of polycarbonate which glows at night. This simple expression of function works equally well in daylight, and is immediately legible to any member of the public. The layout of the scheme is largely dictated by the process of converting waste wood to power, but it clearly expresses this with its dynamic conveyors and separate volumes for each primary function. E.ON, the client, have included a visitor centre aimed at local schoolchildren and have committed to spend £500,000 on a sculptural trail near the site. Converting waste wood to power and contributing to Sheffield’s district heating are inherently ‘sustainable’.  This important project acts as beacon of regeneration within a depressed post-industrial landscape, acting as a counterpoint to Meadowhall on the other side of the motorway, and lifts the spirits of the many people who see it every day. It is a rare building that genuinely deserves to be called a ‘landmark’.

Credits

Client

E.ON

Main Contractor

E.ON

Applicant

BDP

Architect

BDP

Landscape Architect

BDP

Lighting Consultant

BDP

Planning Consultant

Nexus Planning Ltd

Specialist Sub-Contractor

Fuel Delivery Works Contractor - George Robson & Co Conveyors Ltd

Specialist Sub-Contractor

Boiler House & Ancillary Works Contractor – Andritz Energy & Environment GmbH

Specialist Sub-Contractor

Turbine & Generator Works Contractor – TGM Kanis Turbinen GmbH

Specialist Sub-Contractor

High Voltage Electrical System Works Contractor – ABB Ltd

Sub-Contractor

Civil & Building Works Contractor – Bam Nuttall

Contractor's Architects

Civil & Building Works Contractor’s Delivery Architect – Race Cottam Associates

Specialist Sub-Contractor

Landscaping Contractor – Grace Landscapes Ltd

Primary Use Class

Sui Generis - Other Use Class not listed above