Big Energy Investments Ltd announced new plans for a 49 megawatt biomass power station that will be built in Stockton on Tees and called the BEI Teesside. The building will sit on industrial land that has not been used for the past fifty years.
The Heatherwick Studio from London has created the building designs with the company stated will capture the spirit and scale of the Tees Valley Regeneration. The building will be constructed out of panels that have indigenous gasses in them so that they help make the building green efficient while blending into the grasslands.
Founder of Heatherwick Studio, Thomas Heatherwick, stated that over the past few decades they have neglected the industrial infrastructure and the contribution that it can make to society on a cultural scale. However, now that power generation is becoming a hot button topic the time has come to pay attention to the industrial buildings.
With the increase of power stations and continual urbanization at local levels it is time to find a way to design buildings that will help make industry fit into lives and society on a much more acceptable basis.
Heatherwick went on to say that Britain has a long heritage of creating some cutting edge power station buildings and Battersea and Bankside were not just homes that were used to house machinery. Instead they had a large scale and richness of material that helped to show just how powerful power generation could be.
Now that alternative energy is coming to the forefront, Britain once again has the chance to create power buildings that will fit the new age and celebrate the new ways to produce energy. The plant will be powered via palm oil plantations that will be delivered to the power building by ship.