Energy Recovery Centre
Vinci Construction Ltd
RPS are using Autodesk Revit software to produce a range of designs for a new sustainable energy plant to power 21,000 homes from c.240,000tpa of municipal solid waste.
The recovery centre’s 50m high process building is clad in a mixture of composite cladding and the adjacent office building has extensive Brise-soleil and a sedum roof to minimise their appearance from a distance on the landscape.
The site also houses a large, fully enclosed ash processing/storage facility which incorporates a curved standing seam roof, mirroring that on the main process building. Externally, lower sections of the building are clad with rock gabions which are also used on retaining structures on other elements across the site.
The exposed site slopes to the North creating issues with access/egress to elements of the facility, requiring significant earth retaining structures. It is further complicated by the location of an SSSI site adjacent to the Northern boundary and a watercourse that takes drainage from the site and adjacent areas.
A SUDs drainage scheme is required and the attenuation of the rainwater run-off will require careful consideration by the design team during construction. As will maintaining the integrity and purity of the site’s underground aquifer.