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Encon cleans up; A pounds 5m waste management plant is the latest successful project to be completed by Encon Construction, leading to a new partnership.

CARDIFF-based Encon Construction continues to reinforce its position as one of the leading lights of the South Wales construction industry with the completion of a new build waste management plant, located in Worcester, for Mercia Waste Management.

The pounds 5 million project was built on a 22,000 m site and comprised the design and construction of a 6,700 m co-mingled material reclamation facility, 800 m of fully air-conditioned office space, a 6,600 m area of concrete hardstanding and 2,000 m of car parking space. The facility is expected to process around 105,000 tonnes of recyclable material each year Works also involved the construction of a new access to an adjoining industrial property and associated Section 278 works.

In order to reduce project cost and minimise environmental impact during construction, the 22,000 m construction plateau was lime stabilised resulting in a significant reduction to the permanent work construction thickness and a corresponding reduction in the off-site disposal of surplus material. The reduced number of vehicle movements benefited not only the environment but also caused less inconvenience to the local community.

Included in the civil's design and construction was connection into the existing foul and surface water, pumping main, rainwater harvesting for recycling to the offices, fire main, external lighting, fuelling and wash down areas and 2 no weighbridges and control building.

The building design included a twin portal frame superstructure with composite micro-rib panels, cedar panelling and glazed curtain walling to the offices. The mechanically-ventilated operations hall was designed to achieve three air changes per hour of the 70,000 cubic metre facility. Sprinkler system and electric/water maintenance points were provided throughout.

This is the third time that Encon has been successful in securing contracts with Mercia Waste Management and the reasons are simple, according to MWM's director Javier Peiro: "Encon give us exactly what we need. They provide the 'best-fit'. They're a leaner operation than the bigger players so offer better value for money and, because of the professional backgrounds of the Encon team, we still get big company expertise and knowledge on our projects. "Our companies have worked well together on previous waste projects and Encon has proven capabilities in this field."


Following the project's success, Encon, Mercia Waste Management and Ramboll UK, who were MWM's project managers, have joined forces to offer a fully-integrated construction solution for a proposed, new composting site. n
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 23, 2009
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