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BDR Project Update – Summer 2013

Published: Monday, 1st July 2013

Summer update on new waste facility – work ahead of schedule.

Work to develop the new BDR waste facility at Bolton Road, Manvers, is running ahead of schedule.

Good progress continues across all elements of the building preparation work, including the concrete foundations and site drainage systems. Overall the project is four weeks ahead of timetable and is now 21% complete.

Other news to report includes:-
• Contractors Birse have applied to the Considerate Constructors Scheme which accredits companies for good practice on and around development sites. CCC inspectors will visit the site regularly throughout the development period to assess performance around issues from the environment, appearance and cleanliness, being a good neighbour and health and safety

• Minor changes to the project’s planning consent including switching from ‘grasscrete’ to Tarmac and concrete; changes to the external cladding on the new building; a reduction in the size of a workshop on the site and changes to the weighbridge have been approved by Rotherham Council’s Planning Board

• Further minor changes relating to the moving of an access door and leachate tanks which were to have been below ground to above ground, (at the request of the Environment Agency), will be sought

• An application to extend the temporary closure of the Public Right of Way by the site for a further six months is to be made. This is to allow development work to continue safely

• Further concrete piling work will continue in August and September before the first steelwork for the new building arrives on site in August

• Planning and operating permits for the Ferrybridge site are now in place

• The BDR project was shortlisted in the recent prestigious National Partnership Awards in the category of ‘Best Waste/Energy/Water Project

• Sustainability is a key priority, and the project is on course for “good” and “very good” marks from BREEAM, the world’s leading environmental rating system for buildings. BREEAM sets the standard for best practice in sustainable building design, construction and operation. During construction a range of measures are in place to protect the environment, including energy saving procedures, minimising the use of water, re-using and recycling materials wherever possible, and using timber and wood supplied from sustainable forests. A Travel Plan is currently being drawn up to ensure employees and visitors to the facility can do so in a sustainable and efficient manner. Reliable, affordable and safe alternatives to car travel are being explored, including public transport and cycling, and car sharing will be encouraged. These measures are aimed at helping reduce CO2 emissions and congestion on the local road network.

• Members of the project’s Community Liaison Group have been invited to visit the site for a first-hand look at progress in September 2013.