Special event marks start of works on Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park

Councillor Brian White, former Mayor of Milton Keynes Council, and Mel Ewell, Chief Executive of Amey.
Councillor Brian White, former Mayor of Milton Keynes Council, and Mel Ewell, Chief Executive of Amey.

A special event has marked the start of work on Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park (MKWRP) – a new facility which will deal with the borough’s black sack waste.

The event last Tuesday brought together the partners involved in developing the new facility, including AmeyCespa which has the contract to design, build and operate MKWRP; Milton Keynes Council including former Mayor Cllr Brian White; project contractors and lenders; and the site community liaison group.

The first stage of developing the facility, which will be located on Dickens Road, Old Wolverton, is the demolition of existing buildings which started this week and is programmed to last three months.

Once completed work will begin to prepare the site for the construction of new buildings which will house the waste treatment technologies.

Construction of MKWRP is due to be completed by January 2016. It will then go through commissioning and rigorous testing periods before it is fully operational in September 2016.

Paul Greenwell, Managing Director of AmeyCespa, said: “This is particularly exciting for us as Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park is the first waste facility to be built by AmeyCespa in the UK and firmly cements our position in the market.

“We are now looking forward to continuing to work closely with Milton Keynes Council, our contractors and the local community to develop a facility that Milton Keynes can be proud of.”

Cllr Brian White, Mayor of Milton Keynes, speaking at the end of his Mayoral Year, said: “This is great for Milton Keynes, it’s something that we’ve been doing for a number of years.

“We were the first recycling city, we’ve been the first to do door-to-door recycling, we built the first purpose-built recycling facility and now we’re the first to do this. It’s something that we’re particularly proud of and something that’s going to benefit the people of Milton Keynes for years to come.”

Milton Keynes Council’s Chief Executive David Hill said it was an exemplar project for the way it has dealt with the potentially sensitive issue of residual waste treatment, acknowledging the AmeyCespa team and project lenders for their facilitation of a fast procurement process and enabling the innovative financing that will help deliver the funding.

“It is also a good example of the commercial and entrepreneurial approach that all local authorities will need to take in an era of ongoing austerity, including a business-like analysis of the options, tough commercial negotiations and an eye to the revenue raising and saving possibilities.”

He paid tribute to AmeyCespa and its contractors for the great technical solution provided and for taking the project forward so quickly and efficiently. “I wish them every success with this landmark facility – the first of its kind in England and Wales.”

Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park will use a combination of three state-of-the-art technologies – Mechanical Treatment, Anaerobic Digestion and Advanced Thermal Treatment.

Together, they will increase the amount of recyclable materials which are removed from the waste, in turn cutting the amount of rubbish sent to landfill to less than 5 per cent.

Kerbside recycling schemes provided by Milton Keynes Council will continue and will not be affected by the new facility.

AmeyCespa has appointed VolkerFitzpatrick as its construction partner for Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park. VolkerFitzpatrick will carry out the civil engineering and building works.

Any queries about Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park can be forwarded via mkenquiries@ameycespa.com or on 0845 365 6452.