Earth Tech and Clugston unveil waste management park in Berkshire
7 March 2008
A JOINT venture between global engineering company Earth Tech and civil engineering contractor Clugston Construction has unveiled a unique waste management park in Berkshire.
The opening of the park in Smallmead forms part of a £26m project in conjunction with Waste Recycling Group, one of the UK's leading waste management services and energy recovery companies.
The Smallmead project includes a state of the art household waste recycling centre and is one of the first in the UK to be completely contained in a purpose built structure. The centre has a CCTV enabled viewing area to allow the public to see their recycled waste being processed.
The second waste management park in Longshot will be under construction from April and is due to open in the summer of 2009.
The projects form part of the £600m, 25-year Private Finance Initiative (PFI) waste management contract between Reading Borough Council, Bracknell Forest Borough Council, Wokingham District Council and Waste Recycling Group.
Earth Tech and Clugston were appointed to design, build and commission the two waste and recycling centres, which together will serve 160,000 households and manage more than 200,000 tonnes of household waste each year.
John Queening, general manager of Earth Tech's Environmental Business Unit in the UK, said:
"This is an example of a new generation of environmentally friendly waste facilities in the UK. With sustainable waste management high on the public agenda, dozens of other local authorities are set to follow suit as they strive to meet new targets to reduce landfill and increase recycling and composting.
"It's an exciting time for the waste engineering industry and a tremendous opportunity for us to develop and showcase new design and build technologies. Fuelled by increasing EU pressure, demand for increasingly sophisticated 'green' facilities is booming and we're keen to remain at the forefront of the market."
Tim March, Construction Director for Clugston Construction, said:
"This is an important contract for us and it has helped us further develop our work in the waste sector. With Earth Tech, we have brought together our extensive skills in a sector which is becoming ever more important to the public and our industries."
The Smallmead project includes a state of the art 2560sq m covered household waste recycling centre, transfer station ( 3200 sq m), materials recycling facility (3840 sq m) and office block based at Smallmead, Reading, and is one of the first in the UK to be completely contained in a purpose built structure. It is designed to make it easier for householders to deposit waste for recycling. The centre will also use a CCTV enabled viewing area to allow the public to see their recyclable waste being processed.
The Longshot scheme allows for the modernising of the existing facilities which includes the construction of a new transfer station (2090 sq m), materials recycling facility ( 1092 sq m), improved layout to the household waste recycling centre and office block.
Earth Tech is a global provider of a full suite of engineering, construction and operations services to the international water/wastewater, environmental, transportation, and facilities markets. A business unit of Tyco International Ltd. and part of the company's Engineered Products & Services segment, Earth Tech employs some 7,000 talented people in more than 130 offices in 14 countries. Founded in 1970, Earth Tech is headquartered in Long Beach, Calif. More information on Earth Tech can be found at www.earthtech.com.