The existing Power Station was been ‘opted out’ under the European Commission Directive 2001/80/EC, the ‘Large Combustion Plant Directive’. This required the plant to cease operation by 31st December 2015.

As project Nathan managed RMJM’s team to explore design options for the Power Station. This also included the production of a Design and Access Statement. 

The D&A statement illustrated the proposed changes to the operation of Cockenzie Power Station, to ensure its long term future in accordance with the site’s national development designation in the Scottish Governments National Planning Framework. 

The application for consent under Section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989, proposed the redevelopment of the existing coalfired Cockenzie Power Station, into a new ‘Combined Cycle Gas Turbine’ (CCGT) station. 

The proposals recognised the operational, contextual, and historic drivers which defined the existing built form, and illustrated how this informed the station’s future redevelopment.

The proposed development would have enabled electricity supply to be maintained to the national grid, whilst improving efficiency and reducing emissions of carbon dioxide and other combustion gases.