£6 million local spend for the construction of the new Essex Residual Waste Treatment Facility

August 20, 2013

Contracts worth over £6 million have so far been awarded to local companies and suppliers for the construction of the new household waste treatment centre for Essex and Southend-on-Sea.

From tools and protective clothing through to concrete and drainage products, Urbaser Balfour Beatty (UBB), the consortium contracted to build and operate the new facility, has been making local companies the priority when it comes to supplying goods and services for the build.

General Manager Richard Lancaster commented on the progress, “Construction is on schedule and more locally available contracts will become available over the coming months. So far we have installed over six thousand concrete piles that will support the building and we have now commenced erecting the main structural steel.

“We have 200 people working on site making sure everything is done safely and at minimal disruption to our neighbours. Although we have permission to work later into the evening, we took a decision to hire extra piling equipment so that the noisy works could stop at 6pm in consideration for those living nearby.”

In total, UBB will be undertaking construction activities to a value of £120 million within 52 weeks.

There are also plans in September to hold a bookable careers event which is being organised by Balfour Beatty to showcase the work being done at the site and to highlight the importance of the construction industry, its capabilities and the wide range of career opportunities it can offer.

Councillor Sandra Hillier, Chairman of the Community Liaison Group for the project, commented, “This facility is not only going to help us recycle more but it’s also already proving very positive for the local economy. Two apprentices are on-site, drawn from the Essex County Council Apprentice Programme with more to join in the coming weeks and UBB are also talking to local colleges so that younger people have the opportunity to receive appropriate training for future employment at the facility.”

The Community Liaison Group, formed of UBB representatives, local councillors, residents and business people meets quarterly to enable regular discussion between UBB and the local community.  In addition to Cllr Hillier, who chairs the meetings, the group has appointed local resident Cathy Burrell as Vice Chairman.

To provide access to the facility, road work starts on 29 July on a new roundabout on Courtauld Road, which will take 16 weeks to complete. During this time, one-way routing and a temporary traffic diversion will be in place through Swinbourne Road. Courtauld Road will be returned to two-way traffic as quickly as possible.

The first residual waste is due to arrive at the site in July 2014, which will mark the start of a 12 month commissioning period to trial the facility and ensure the system will be able to operate at the required capacity.

UBB will be hiring staff from the start of the commissioning process in order to train people before the facility starts running at full capacity in summer 2015.

Regular updates are available both on the website www.ubbessex.co.uk and through UBB’s series of local newsletters which are also available to download from the website. Anyone wishing to receive the newsletter in the post can register their details via the website or by calling the free phone hotline 0800 072 56 34.

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