Since 1986, Ratcliffe-On-Soar power station has been an iconic East Midlands landmark, representing the coal-fired powerhouse of 20th century electricity production. Now, plans to redevelop the vast site as a power and manufacturing hub fit for a cleaner and greener 21st century when it closes in September 2024 are a step closer to becoming a reality.

Described as a “diverse, multi-occupant, low-carbon and green energy, and advanced manufacturing hub,” the exciting proposals include an enormous gigafactory for the manufacture of electric car batteries as well as food and drink outlets and even a brand-new hotel.

Whilst this isn’t the only idea which has been submitted for how to use the site when it is decommissioned, according to council documents, these plans are getting closer to approval. Rushcliffe Borough Council have already held an initial public consultation and asked for the opinions of locals on the new plans. This consultation period is now closed, and the feedback is being reviewed.

Jobs and innovation

Given that the Coventry-based gigafactory which has recently been given the go ahead is set to boost the Midlands economy by as much as £2,5 billion, a similar site in Nottinghamshire would be a very welcome addition to the East Midlands manufacturing community. Not only that, but there would also be wider benefits, as by manufacturing batteries here in the UK, we can reduce the financial and environmental costs of importing them from around the world.

It’s estimated that should the plans go ahead, they will produce tens of thousands of new jobs, both in the gigafactory itself and the other projects onsite, which will again significantly boost the economy and create long-term and viable career opportunities in the new green economy.

A greener way of living

It’s fitting that as the area says goodbye to the CO2 producing Ratcliffe-On-Soar power station, the new plans herald the arrival of a new era of energy production which,  if successful, will aid the local council in reaching their 2030 target of becoming carbon neutral in line with government targets.

As well as the gigafactory plans, other suggested uses for the site’s redevelopment include 760, 000 square metres of office space as well as retail, restaurants and cafes and ten hectares of solar power generation. The proposed hotel would attract guests who will use the new HS2 railway station which is to be built at East Midlands Parkway.

Innovative solutions for the vehicles of the future

Here at Interflex, we have a long legacy of moving with the times when it comes to sealing and NVH solutions. As such, we would love to see these exciting and innovative plans for the Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station become a reality and put Nottinghamshire at the heart of the green energy producing and manufacturing future.

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