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    Milford Haven site could become repair facility

    News // October 20, 2000
    Property consultants Fuller Peiser have provided details of the proposed redevelopment of the site of a former power station together with adjoining land adjacent to the water at Milford Haven in Pembrokeshire in the UK.

    Milford Haven is relatively sheltered, thus providing excellent potential for a port for large of small vessels. Other potential uses that have been suggested include a ship repair facility, and a consortium has already been formed to pursue the potential use of the site in this manner.

    Acting on behalf of client Innogy (formerly National Power and Npower), Fuller Peiser is advertising the site in association with the Welsh Development Agency in Swansea.

    Describing the site, the property consultants highlight the immediate availability of level and easily serviced development land; the existing ro-ro jetty; potential for marine access from the deep water of Milford Haven, one of the few natural deepwaterestuaries in the UK; and the availability of regional assistance from the Welsh Development Agency.

    The site lies on Milford Haven Sound, which is one of the few natural deep-water estuaries in the United Kingdom - Milford Haven is relatively sheltered making an excellent facility as a port for large and small vessels. The main physical characteristicsof the estuary are a wide and deep water channel; extensive areas of inter-tidal mudflats; and short steep rivers.

    In common with estuaries on the West Coast of the UK, Milford Haven benefits from the advantages of a high tidal range. The berth is tidally restricted and does not have the benefit of a floating linkspan. Dredging will be required to maintain depths tothe ro-ro berth.

    The Welsh Development Agency (WDA) has commissioned the consulting engineers Babtie to conduct a study to assess the viability of the reuse of the turbine hall in the power station - which is 93m wide and 290m in length - as a boat/ship repair facility.The turbine hall also contains a travelling crane.

    In fact, the area around the site is dominated by the presence of industrial users, particularly those related to the oil industry, and a number of major companies and ship operators already use Milford Haven, including Texaco, Elf, Petroplus, and Pembroke Dock.

    The power station at the site, which is located on the south side of Milford Haven approximately 3.5 miles west of Pembroke, is in the process of being demolished, and expressions of interest are being sought for the redevelopment and reuse of the site.

    The total land area for sale is 200ha (494 acres). The landholdings form a horseshoe of agricultural fields set high above a man-made flat bowl. The former Power Station occupies an area of approximately 60ha (145 acres). Other level land immediately tothe west and south brings the total developable area to 65.8ha (163 acres).

    The site includes immediate redevelopment potential for large areas of flat land and conversion of several buildings. Extending to 65.8 hectares (163 acres), the site also offers marine access and an existing ro-ro jetty. Within a 30-minute drive, Pembroke/ Milford has an available and skilled workforce with a population of approximately 112,000. It is anticipated that the population of Pembrokeshire will continue to grow until 2016 at a rate of 1.9 per cent, which is above the average for Wales (1.4 per cent).

    Pembrokeshire County Council is the unitary planning authority for the area, and the Council is in the process of producing the Pembrokeshire Unitary Development Plan, and has indicated that it will seek to facilitate employment uses of the site.

    The phased demolition of the power station is now well underway, in order to remove all buildings to foundation level by September 2001. The basement area of the turbine hall/boiler house, which extends to 10.6m below water level, will be left in place.De-lagging and de-planting of the turbine hall and removal of asbestos from the office building was completed in June.

    The structures that will remain in place will include 132kV and 400kV substations; the basement area of the turbine hall; internal roadways; the ro-ro facility; and security gate and fencing. There are also a 4,784 square metre workshop, which also has an overhead crane, with a safe working load of 11 tonnes; office buildings of some 7,054 square metres; and a heavy store some 54m x 62m.

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