Plans submitted for groundbreaking green energy project
8 April 2010, News release from Race Cottam Associates
Plans have been submitted for a groundbreaking energy from waste plant in London, designed by architects Race Cottam Associates.
The advanced gasification facility at Dagenham Dock forms part of the London Sustainable Industries Park and further cements Race Cottam's national reputation as specialist environmental architects.
The Sheffield-based team were appointed by Resource Park developer Cyclamax to design the plant, which will use advanced conversion technology on commercial and non-recyclable waste from businesses in the area.
Heat and power is produced by the gasification process to take residual waste materials from local businesses and convert them to a gas - called a syngas - that can be used in the same way as natural gas.
Race Cottam has worked with London Thames Gateway Development Corporation and the Mayor of London's office to deliver the designs and architectural advice for the project.
Regional Director David Speddings said: "We were brought in because of our growing reputation for designing and delivering architectural solutions for complex waste, water and environmental projects across the UK and are delighted to be working on what is a truly innovative scheme.
"The facility will provide heat and power from East London's commercial waste - diverting it from landfill sites - and will allow other tenants on the Park to use renewable and low carbon heat and power for their offices, workshops and factories."
If planning permission is granted, it is hoped construction of the flagship facility on a 3.5ha brownfield site will b completed by the end of 2012.
All buildings on the Sustainable Industries Park are being designed to exceptional environmental specifications and will include schemes such as rainwater harvesting, on-site renewable energy technologies and green roofs where possible.
Rick Twomey, Technical Director at Cyclamax Resource Parks said: "The Thames Gateway Power facility will be Cyclamax's flagship. This is an excellent example of integrated sustainability that will see Cyclamax provide the green spark for the Sustainable Industries Park by providing renewable energy and assuring landfill avoidance."
Race Cottam, which has been working closely with Stratus Environmental on the project, has a growing portfolio of major waste and energy schemes across the UK. These include the provision of architectural design services for the £250m Belvedere scheme to deliver what will be the largest waste treatment facility ever built in Britain.
The Sheffield practice was appointed by Cory Environmental's Riverside Resource Recovery Ltd subsidiary which is building London's first river-served energy-from-waste (EfW) plant at Bexley. The plant, which will burn up to 670,000 tonnes of waste a year for 30 years, is due for completion in January 2011.
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