The North London Waste Authority (NLWA) has appointed Taylor Woodrow to build flagship recycling facilities at the Edmonton EcoPark
The recycling facilities include a Resource Recovery Facility with the capacity to manage 135,000 tonnes of recyclable material every year, as well as the first-ever Reuse and Recycling Centre at the EcoPark which will enable local residents to bring their waste directly to the site.
EcoPark House will open up the site to the public, providing a knowledge-sharing hub for waste prevention and recycling, and a modern home for the Edmonton Sea Cadets.
This £100m investment in modern recycling infrastructure is a catalyst for the local green recovery and NLWA’s efforts to increase recycling rates across north London to 50%.
‘Flagship recycling infrastructure’
Councillor Clyde Loakes, chair of NLWA, said: “We are building flagship recycling infrastructure to bolster our plans for 50% household recycling across north London.
“This will be a real step-change in our ability to extract more quality materials for recycling and expand our existing network of public recycling centres.
“I’m delighted to appoint Taylor Woodrow to kick start this crucial project. We’re delivering direct public investment during a challenging time for the economy and creating apprenticeships for our residents in highly-skilled roles including construction and engineering.”
Julian Gatward, managing director of Taylor Woodrow, added: “Taylor Woodrow is delighted to have been appointed to deliver the EcoPark South Project to contribute towards a more sustainable future for waste in North London.
“We will be constructing a Resource Recovery Facility which will receive and sort waste; a Recycling Centre for public and business use; and EcoPark House which will provide visitor, community and education facilities for the site.
“We are committed to sustainable construction to deliver a world-class facility, which will benefit the local community for years to come.”
The North London Heat and Power Project will provide at least 100 apprenticeships in total, of which 20 will be linked to building the new recycling facilities. The project is a major part of Enfield Council’s plans for a high-tech industrial hub in the south of the borough.
Preparatory works started at the EcoPark in January 2019 and they are progressing at pace.
Enfield-based business Galldris Construction Services is building a new vehicle entrance to the north of the site to improve traffic flows from the EcoPark, and Buckingham Group are building a construction laydown area to the east of the River Lee Navigation.
Highly specialised engineering work will start in September to divert two sewer pipes to enable the construction of the new recycling facilities.