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Main Building at Central Electricity Generating Board Ferrybridge a Site

A Grade II Listed Building in Knottingley, Wakefield

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Latitude: 53.7169 / 53°43'0"N

Longitude: -1.2712 / 1°16'16"W

OS Eastings: 448194

OS Northings: 424741

OS Grid: SE481247

Mapcode National: GBR MTKG.LB

Mapcode Global: WHDC1.FTWY

Plus Code: 9C5WPP8H+PG

Entry Name: Main Building at Central Electricity Generating Board Ferrybridge a Site

Listing Date: 13 October 1987

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1266191

English Heritage Legacy ID: 422278

Location: Knottingley, Wakefield, WF11

County: Wakefield

Electoral Ward/Division: Knottingley

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Ferrybridge St Andrew

Church of England Diocese: Leeds

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(north side, off)
5/38 Main building at CEGB
- Ferrybridge 'A' site.
- II
Power station; now offices, laboratories, and workshops. 1926, for
Yorkshire Electric Power Company; altered. Red brick in English bond,
with dressing of white terracotta. Rectangular plan containing turbine hall
and boiler house as coupled receding wings to a front office block. In C20
classical style, the bays defined by giant pilasters of brick which have
roll-moulded terracotta bases and capitals, with terracotta plinth and
entablature. The symmetrical south front of 9 bays and 4 storeys has a full-
height porch (the entrance hall and staircase) with clasping pilasters, the
doorway in the plinth (with revolving doors), square overlight above, with
terracotta architrave and cornice; and above this, a giant round-headed stair
window which has a terracotta architrave with keystones, and iron glazing
bars making 3 lights and many small panes. The 4 bays to each side contain
similar 3-light windows divided into 4 diminishing stages (7,6,6, and 3
panes), with high transoms; but the outer bays have lorry doorways at ground
floor (perhaps original, but that on the left enlarged vertically and
horizontally); plain frieze of square tiles, and prominent dentilled cornice;
flat roof (formerly 4 very tall chimneys to boiler house on right, now
removed). Pilastered return walls, the 1st being the side of the office
block, vertically divided by a brick strip, with fenestration matching the
front; otherwise, the west return wall is of 7 wider bays, the east return
wall of 8 bays, both with full-height fenestration above ground floor but the
east side with square windows and some doorways at ground floor. Rear
altered by additions.
Interior: former turbine hall (now workshop) on west side is of full height,
with inner steel frame supporting overhead cranes; former boiler house on
east side now partitioned vertically and horizontally as offices; open-well
staircase in porch, on steel bearers, with lift to rear.

Listing NGR: SE4819424741

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