• Cooling towers at Ironbridge Power Sta.

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    FOT479087
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    8265 x 3958 px
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    700 x 335 mm
    27.6 x 13.2 in
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    cooling towers Ironbridge electricity generation coal-fired Shropshire environmental camouflage stone coloured red power station stations Severn valley
    Description
    Ironbridge was selected to be the site of a large, modern "super station" by the West Midlands Joint Electricity Authority, in February 1927. The land had been identified earlier by Walsall Borough as being suitable for power generation, in 1924. The close proximity of the River Severn and several railway lines provided excellent access to both cooling water and a source for the delivery of coal. The flat land of the site, formed by fluvial processes at the end of the last ice-age, was ideal for the construction of a large turbine hall. Ironbridge A Construction of the first Ironbridge Power Station (later to become known as Ironbridge A Power Station) began in 1929, and the first phase was completed in 1932.[1] The station officially opened on the 13 October 1932.[3] The full generating capacity of Ironbridge A was not realised until major expansions and the commissioning of extra boilers and generating sets had been completed in 1939. This gave the A Station a total generating output of 200 megawatts (MW).[1] As a result of the increasing demand for electricity after the World War II, it was decided by the Central Electricity Generating Board that a new, larger, 1000 MW power station called Ironbridge B, was to be constructed alongside the A Station. Ironbridge A ceased generating electricity in 1981 and was demolished in 1983. Ironbridge B Parliamentary approval for Ironbridge B Power Station was sought and granted in 1962. Construction began in 1963, with the aim to begin generating
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    David Siddons
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    David Siddons
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    2008-10-07
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    Sylvan collection
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    Architecture
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    Industrial
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