Colas were appointed to construct Lower House Farm household waste recycling centre (HWRC) on a project aimed at fully supporting and encouraging best practice in the recycling of municipal waste in the boroughs of North Warwickshire, Tamworth, Nuneaton and Bedworth.
This flagship project for the two counties will enable the bulk handling and transfer of waste to a proposed 'Energy from Waste' plant in south Staffordshire, where the latent energy from the waste will be converted to electricity.
The recycling centre and waste transfer station is located near to the M42/A5 Tamworth junction and is scheduled for completion in the winter of 2012.
Safety fencing was added to the high level walkways.
Photovoltaic panels were installed on the roof of the Waste Transfer Station.
Colas utilised recycled aggregates produced in accordance with WRAP protocols throughout the project.
Cladding works to the re-use shop were carried out.
A new road for public access from Lower House Farm Lane was constructed.
Concrete pavements to operational yard areas were constructed using fibre reinforced concrete.
A small steel frame building was erected which would be used as a re-use shop.
Construction fill works were carried out to the high level area in the new split level facility.
Colas introduced Low Temperature Asphalt to the project to achieve carbon footprint reductions.
Colas erected the steel frame of the WTS - 2400m2 area 14m high.
A new office and welfare building was constructed and the foundations were excavated and cast in-situ with concrete.
The new WTS required 3.5m high push walls formed of reinforced concrete to retain the proposed bulk handling of household waste.
The Waste Transfer Station (WTS) foundations were cast in-situ with holding down bolt assemblies.
Concrete piers for high level walkways were constructed for public access to the containers.
Considerable material from on site earthworks was used in construction fills to create the split level HWRC area.
The retaining wall was constructed to accommodate high level walkway piers for easy public access at the higher level.
For the retaining wall foundations prefabricated steel reinforcement, in combination with fibre reinforced concrete, was used.
Drainage works began, requiring hydraulic breakers to excavate underlying mudstone.
Colas commenced the Lower House Farm HWRC project and established the site compound.