Allerton Waste Recovery

Published 24th August 2022

Allerton Waste Recovery Park is a 13,500 sqm multi-treatment development on 5.1 hectares of land in North Yorkshire. The site comprises an energy from waste facility, a mechanical treatment facility and an anaerobic digestion unit.

The scheme’s objective was to significantly contribute to minimising waste sent to landfill in conjunction with a targeted 90% reduction across the region. The new facility provides North Yorkshire County Council and City of York Council a saving on their waste management bill over the next 25 years, whilst producing 220,000 MWh of renewable electricity per year.

Contractor, VINCI Construction UK, oversaw the build, with the project becoming fully operational in 2018. Waterman provided multidisciplinary support for the scheme, encompassing structural, civil engineering, drainage, mechanical and electrical building services, fire engineering and environmental services. In addition, we appointed Race Cottam Associates to provide the architectural design for the entire site.

The facility incorporates many varied and harsh operational environments and this is particularly reflected in our building services design for the waste treatment process halls, the tipping halls and the bunker areas.

The segregation of process flue discharge and building fresh air supplies required a detailed ventilation strategy to be developed and modelled by our specialists. Temperature control was essential for the safety of operatives in the main process halls where furnaces are constantly in operation. As a result, CFD thermal models were produced to ensure safe internal temperatures in the operational areas were maintained for personnel.

Providing services routes required careful planning to suit the varying process hall levels, which range from 0m to over 18m, and our experts developed detailed models in Revit to mitigate clashes and helped coordinate the process plant, structural and architectural elements.

Client: North Yorkshire County Council and City of York Council
Architect: Race Cottam Associates