Construction commences on £100m recycling facilities at Edmonton EcoPark in London

WCN Editorial Team 27 Jan 2021 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Construction has commenced for North London’s £100m recycling facilities at Edmonton EcoPark, as part of the North London Waste Authority’s plan for a new sustainable waste hub, the North London Heat and Power Project (NLHPP).

During the next two years, Taylor Woodrow, which is NLWA’s contractor, will construct a Resource Recovery Facility (RRF).

The RRF will be able to manage 135,000 tonnes of recyclable material every year.

It will also feature a public Reuse and Recycling Centre, which will allow businesses and residents of north London to bring their recyclable material directly to the EcoPark.

These facilities are a part of NLWA’s commitment to increase north London’s household recycling rates from 30% to 50%.

Solar panels on the roof positioned at an optimum angle will enable the capture of energy from the sun’s rays to produce renewable electricity to supply power to the RRF and office facilities.

Construction enabling work had commenced on the NLHPP two years back. The new recycling facilities represent the start of the first phase of major construction on the project.

A new community facility, known as EcoPark House, is also being built during the initial phase. This facility will provide a new home for Edmonton Sea Cadets and community space that can be used by local residents.

Taylor Woodrow project director of EcoPark South Steve Pate said: “We are excited to have achieved this first major milestone and begin construction on this flagship facility. Driven by a passion for innovation, we look for projects that challenge our thinking and enable us to add value. At EcoPark South there is a lot of potential for solutions that will significantly add to the energy efficiency of the project, and we look forward to working with NLWA to develop and implement these.”

Taylor Woodrow’s team has been mobilised at the EcoPark this month to conduct demolition and groundworks, prior to commencement of piling works in March.

During the construction phase, Taylor Woodrow will use piling technique to build the foundations of the future recycling facility buildings. This approach will reduce carbon in the original scheme design by 10%.

Taylor Woodrow is also developing solutions and renewable technologies to reduce energy demand for the new Eco Park House.

NLWA also has plans for the waste that cannot be recycled. From next year, it intends to start construction of a new Energy Recovery Facility to divert up to 700,000 tonnes of waste from landfill annually, and unlock low-carbon district heat network in London.

By using non-recyclable waste as a resource, ERF will be able to produce low-carbon heat and power for local homes and the country’s National Grid.

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Indicative layout of EcoPark South including the Resource Recovery Facility, Reuse and Recycling Centre and EcoPark House. (Credit: Heat & Power)

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