Tower Regeneration Limited (Tower) is a joint venture partnership between Tower Colliery Ltd and Hargreaves Services Plc, who through successful planning consent for land remediation and reclamation, including surface coal extraction, and land restoration of the former Tower Colliery site, near Hirwaun.
The land reclamation works include removal of structures and residual contamination, re-profiling of colliery spoil tips, removal of coal workings and mine entries, provision of surface drainage, creation of a sloping landform to reproduce semi-natural habitats currently present on the site, and partially prepare ground for future development in accordance within emerging Council Policy.
Tower Regeneration is located near the village of Hirwaun, in Glamorgan, South Wales. The colliery, established in 1864, has been linked in the past with nearby mines, none of which remain operational. Purchased by the workforce in December 1994, the mine was successfully operated until the exhaustion of the workable underground reserves in January 2008.
Tower Regeneration surface lands, together with adjacent land areas, have for several years been identified as a strategic regeneration opportunity by the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) and Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) County Borough Council. The redevelopment and remediation of a brownfield site containing tips, disused coal washery, coal blending and loading areas for the benefit of the locality is now being progressed.
Prior to the commencement and systematically in advance of the mining operations all topsoil and subsoil will removed, but will remain on site. No spoil material is proposed to be removed off site. The removal and storage of these materials will be used to establish soil storage and screening bunds which are designed to reduce visual, noise and air quality impacts.
The mining phase of the Project will last for a period of seven years, involving excavation to a maximum depth in the east of 90m and 165m in the west of the site. Excavation will be undertaken as a continuous operation. Coal will be produced at a rate of up to one million tonnes per annum.
The mining operations will commence in the east of the site, moving sequentially westwards with systematic backfilling of the mined void. It should be noted that, at any one time, only a small proportion of proposed excavation area will be an operational void.