Former Power Station
Twin Sails area

Working closely with landowners and partners in 2017 we successfully secured £5 million of funding from the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (DLEP) into help bring this key site forward for development.

Photo credit : Stephen Bath

LEAD: Borough of Poole

Working with:

Dorset LEP
Homes England

Project initiation
Options appraisal
Concept design
Detailed design
Relevant approvals/consents
Final preparation
Works underway / on-site

Key Benefits

flood protection for the next 100 years

unlocking regeneration sites

creating up to 850 new homes

completion of Port Link Road

cutting traffic congestion

new pedestrian & cycle routes

What's happening?

The former power station is the largest site within the Twin Sails regeneration area and was awarded Government Housing Zone status in 2015, in recognition of its importance as a strategic housing site. Owing to the recession, the sustained impact on the house building industry and the site’s technical and environmental constraints, it has sat dormant for decades. However, confidence in Poole’s two-bridge system and progress on other Hamworthy redevelopment sites has led to support from the DLEP and Homes England to resolve the viability issues.

Technical and environmental constraints

The former power station is set adjacent to the protected location of Holes Bay.  Constraints centre around its former use and special designations, making it costly to develop and, until now, financially unviable. Technical constraints include:

  • expensive build costs due the abnormal ground conditions such as underground structures/ voids
  • mass concrete foundations which need to be removed
  • some contaminated areas
  • restoration of the quay wall to provide flood defences.

The site’s physical location alongside the environmentally sensitive Holes Bay also means that consideration for the environment is paramount. Its special designations include :

  • Poole Harbour SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest)
  • Poole Harbour SPA (Special Protection Area)
  • RAMSAR, a wetland area of international importance (under the Ramsar Convention) due to its estuarine habitat and the bird species it supports.

How DLEP funding unlocks the site for development

The £5 million DLEP funding contribution has been allocated to help raise and repair the quay wall, provide a new public quayside alongside Back Water Channel, and to complete the Port Link Road. This is vital infrastructure on this site to protect developments from the risk of tidal flooding for the next 100 years. Benefits also include:

  • a new public quayside alongside Back Water Channel and new leisure routes around Holes Bay for Poole residents.
  • Completion of the Port Link Road. This has been partially built on the neighbouring site (former Pilkington Tiles) and will be the main through-route to and from the Port of Poole, across Twin Sails Bridge.