Clugston Construction, part of the Clugston Group of companies, has started work on a new energy recovery facility in Leeds, following a recent ground breaking ceremony.
Once operational in 2016, the facility for Veolia Environmental Services, will process up to 214,000 tonnes of black bin waste a year, saving around £200 million over 25 years compared to continuing to send the waste to landfill. This will help the city to achieve its long-term target of recycling more than 60% of its waste. Energy generated by the processes used at the facility will be enough to power around 20,000 homes.
Working in conjunction with process partner CNIM the main building will be 42 metres in height, 125 metres long and 35 metres wide and in keeping with the environmental purpose of the plant, constructed with a timber frame. The external envelope will consist of a glazed structure incorporating a living green wall covered in plants; this will be the largest of its kind in Europe.
Following a number of employment events locally based people have been recruited to work on site and a number of Leeds businesses are now in the construction supply chain.
Steve Radcliffe, managing director, Clugston Construction, said: “This will be our sixth project in the waste reduction and energy market in recent years and we have seen first-hand how they benefit the local economy. The construction sector has suffered significantly in recent years and investment in schemes such as this has been instrumental in retaining and creating job opportunities in the industry.”
Councillor Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council’s executive member for the environment said: “Following many years of intense hard work, the real physical graft is beginning and we’re really looking forward to being able to see the fruits of these efforts literally coming out of the ground.”
About Clugston Construction
Clugston Construction is a privately owned building and civil engineering contractor and a member of the Clugston Group, which was established 76 years ago by the current chairman’s father. Operating from regional offices in Leeds Scunthorpe Hebburn Tyne and Wear and Bromsgrove, the company has built a reputation for safely delivering a wide variety of services and projects. It was recently highly commended in the Construction News Contractor of the Year Awards.
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