Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre

The CERC Energy from Waste facility near St Dennis in Cornwall has the capacity to treat 240,000 tonnes per year of municipal solid waste left over after recycling. The plant, operated by Suez, can generate electricity sufficient to power the equivalent of 21,000 homes.

There is an adjacent bottom ash recycling facility with a capacity for the treatment, storage and onward transfer of approximately 65,000 tonnes per year (of which approximately 10% is recovered as ferrous & non-ferrous metals) - this finds its way into secondary aggregate products for road-building and construction.

The main energy from waste plant building has a curved roof rising to a maximum height of 45m with a separate bottom ash treatment building about 20m high along with a purpose-built visitor centre with interactive displays and activities that explain the importance of reducing, reusing, recycling and recovering value from waste.

RPS designed the buildings for Vinci Construction and services included lead designer, architecture, civil and structural engineering, building services design and fire engineering. Design commenced in March 2013 and the facility was complete and operational by March 2017.