Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park is really starting to take shape

Construction of the Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park is progressing well, with the erection of the steel framework which will house the new facility now underway. VolkerFitzpatrick was appointed as the construction partner for the project alongside AmeyCespa, and will carry out the civil engineering and building works.

Construction work started in June with the demolition of existing buildings on the Dickens Road site. The demolition work was completed in September, allowing the main construction phase to begin.

In recent weeks the foundations for the buildings which will house the Mechanical Treatment, Anaerobic Digestion and Advanced Thermal Treatment technologies have been created, and the steel framework has started to go up. The hopper assembly which feeds refuse derived fuel into the Advanced Thermal Treatment facility has been installed, and work is also well underway on the Anaerobic Digestion plant.

Construction of the new facility is due to be completed by January 2016. It will then go through commissioning and rigorous testing periods before it is fully operational in September 2016.

Paul Greenwell, Managing Director of AmeyCespa said: “Anyone who has visited the site in the last few weeks will have noticed the huge amount of progress that has been made as the buildings really start to take shape. We are pleased that work remains on schedule and look forward to seeing the new facility continue to develop over the coming year.”

Councillor Mick Legg, Cabinet Member for the Public Realm, said: "We are delighted to see the actual buildings which will make up Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park being erected on time. This plant will make a real difference to the way we treat our black sack waste. It will save us money in the long term, as well as being good for our environment, as it will drastically cut the amount of waste we need to send to landfill.”

Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park will use a combination of three state-of-the-art technologies – Mechanical Treatment, Anaerobic Digestion and Advanced Thermal Treatment to treat ‘black sack’ waste collected from homes in Milton Keynes. Together, the technologies will increase the amount of recyclable materials which are removed from the waste, in turn cutting the amount of rubbish sent to landfill to around 3%.