Location and Appearance
The project is located at the former power station site at Carrington, alongside the Manchester Shipping Canal and River Mersey. Since the late-1980s, the site has remained largely unused, apart from some vehicle storage. The site was selected primarily because of its previous use as a power station and is ideal as it offers:
- Efficient re-use of brownfield land rather than development of a Greenfield site;
- A location, whose use for a power station, complements the local development plant;
- Access to existing infrastructure from the previous power station;
- A source of local, skilled labour during construction and operations.
Combined cycle power plants are smaller in overall size than conventional thermal power plants and, therefore, require less space.
Carrington Power has been designed to minimise the visual impact on its surroundings. Physically, the plant comprises two elements: the main power station buildings and two chimney stacks. There will be no visible plumes from the plant’s chimney stacks under normal operations.
Particular attention will be paid to the visual appearance of all buildings and discreet colour schemes will be chosen to blend in with the surroundings. Tasteful landscaping will further reduce any visual impact.
Photomontages and computer graphics of predicted views of the completed station are provided here;
Photomontage1 Predicted View from Jack Lane Nature Reserve
Photomontage2 Predicted View from Flixton Road
Photomontage3 Predicted View from Footpath between Manchester Road and Manchester Ship Canal
Photomontage4 Predicted View from Linear Park, North Bank Industrial Estate
Photomontage5 Predicted View from Prince’s Park, Irlam
Photomontage6 Predicted View from Ferry Road, Irlam