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Heatherwick heads to Teesside to design biomass power station

[FIRST LOOK] This is the first image of Heatherwick Studio’s 49 MW biomass power station on the banks of the River Tees in Teesside

The project, led by Bio Energy Investments, will generate enough power for 50,000 homes and will save 140,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually through the use of carbon neutral woodchip.

Project director Matthew Day said: ‘Teesside is building a reputation as one of the leading producers of green energy in Britain and we needed an ambitious design team capable of understanding and responding to the practical complexities of the project. 

‘The studio has brought a level of design and artistic thinking rarely associated with this typology of building and we are looking forward to working with the local community in developing the plans.’

The community is this week reviewing the plans for the site. Following consultation with public and planners, the aim is to submit a planning application at the end of the year.

The River Tees will also house another £200 million biomass power station from Gaia Power and designed by URS. This project was granted planning permission earlier this year and construction will start in 2010.

Readers' comments (5)

  • yeah, just like the great job he did in Manchester? Or his wonderful installation at the Cass Sculpture Park, eh?

    Its good to see you don't have to be an architect to win these sort of commissions, everyone can have a go. Democracy in action!

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  • Involve the community, then blame them if it doesnt 'pan out'

    PS are they experts on Bio-Mass energy?

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  • Getting a bit cynical aren't we.

    B of the Bang [Manchester] looked great, gravity defying engineering... until it turned out not to be. Don't think failure is something to be afraid off though, other wise we end up with risk averse mediocrity.

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  • Failure's not something to be afraid of... regrettably I think that was precisely the mentality of the investment bankers a few years back (and probably still is).

    I have no objections to anyone trying the impossible with their own budgets - be it in the interests of research, or, as is more commonly the case with architects and designers, to flaunt their largesse, or boost their profile or ego, be it building or sculpture.

    My caveat to that is: so long as it going wrong - doesn't a) kill anyone or b) end up having to put right out fo the public purse.

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  • Looks fantastic and great to see that this great studio does not let setbacks stop them but instead keeps moving on forward and always rises to a challenge !

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