Allerton Waste Recovery Park

Allerton Waste Recovery Park is a 13,500m2 multi-treatment development on 5.1 hectares of land in North Yorkshire comprising an energy from waste facility, a mechanical treatment facility and an anaerobic digestion unit.

The objective of this facility is to significantly contribute to the reduction of waste to be landfilled and the community commits to a 90% reduction. The park will produce 220,000 MWh of renewable electricity per year.

VINCI Construction UK were appointed in the summer of 2011 and since securing planning consent for Allerton Waste Recovery Park in February 2013, the project has now developed into the construction phase of works. Commissioning is due to be completed at the end of 2017 with the facility being fully operational in 2018.

The new facility will provide North Yorkshire County Council and City of York Council a saving on their waste management bill over the next 25 years.

Waterman was appointed to provide Structural, Civils and Drainage, Mechanical and Electrical Building Services, Fire Engineering Services and Environmental services. Waterman also appointed Race Cottam Associates to provide the architectural design for the entire site.

The facility comprises many varied and harsh operational environments and this is particularly reflected in the services designs in the waste treatment process halls, the tipping halls and the bunker areas.

The segregation of process flue discharge and building fresh air supplies required a detailed ventilation strategy to be developed and modelled. Temperature control was essential for the safety of operatives in the main process halls where furnaces are constantly in operation. CFD thermal models were produced to ensure safe internal temperatures in the operational areas were maintained for personnel.

Providing services routes to suit the varying process hall levels (from 0m to +18m) and the co-ordination with the process plant, structural and architectural elements required detailed models to be produced in Revit to mitigate clashes.