Liverpool’s newest recycling facility has clinched two top environmental accolades at a national engineering awards ceremony.
The Old Swan Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) in Liverpool was nominated for the prizes at the CEEQUAL Outstanding Achievement Awards 2016 – the sustainability assessment, rating and awards scheme for best practice in civil engineering.
The special event took place at the Institution of Civil Engineers in London on Monday (28th November).
Old Swan HWRC – which is provided by Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) – came first in the Materials Use category and also gained a Highly Commended award in the Community and Stakeholder Relations category.
In the Materials Use category, the award judges had this to say: “Care was taken to identify and use materials arising from clearing the site, and arrangements were made with a neighbouring site to also use their recycled material. Once the facility reaches the end of its life, it is estimated that more than 95% of the material used in its development can be reused, either in its current form or processed into other materials.
“The Judging Panel agreed that the team behind this project had made considerable effort to go the extra mile beyond just delivering a ‘standard’ recycling facility. They noted that the entire team collaborated and thought this way, taking a whole life approach that included the operation and maintenance of the facility. The team had shown that it was possible to raise the bar of achievement on smaller projects.”
Carl Beer, Chief Executive of MRWA, said: “The Outstanding Achievement Awards are a significant national achievement so we’re absolutely delighted with this news. It’s a real boost to the team and a validation for the amount of time and effort which goes into designing and constructing these types of facilities.”
Old Swan HWRC also picked up a Highly Commended prize in the Community and Stakeholder Relations category. The judges commented: “The Project Team worked on a detailed local community engagement programme involving a range of activities with local residents, businesses, statutory bodies, environmental groups and road users, all of whom helped to shape the initial project.
“A number of initiatives to encourage further community involvement followed the start of construction. These included working with a local charity (Merseyside Disability Federation) and experts to enhance the experience of the HWRC for people with disabilities. A local artist helped the Team to set up the ‘Big Mosaic Challenge’ in which residents used broken ceramic pieces to create a mosaic swan. And among other activities, a time capsule made by the local Brownies (the 22nd Liverpool, St. David’s Brownies) was buried at the site. The Judges commended the project team for the range of community engagement activities undertaken. These types of activities are often overlooked on relatively small projects such as Old Swan.”
Speaking at the event, CEEQUAL Managing Director Chris Broadbent said: “Many congratulations to all of the winners as well as to those shortlisted. These awards are a well-deserved celebration of the commitment that project teams have to improving and championing sustainability in civil engineering and of their pride in making a tangible difference. All of these projects are vital drivers of innovation in materials, procedures and engagement, which are achieving more sustainable outcomes and delivering greater value for people, places, economies and the environment.”
When building Old Swan HWRC, MRWA worked with contractor Cheetham Hill Construction to achieve a top CEEQUAL rating. The facility was awarded an ‘Excellent’ rating of 86.5%, making it one of the greenest and most sustainable in the country. At the time CEEQUAL commented: “There are features of this project which are usually only seen on much larger projects – there has been 100% use of all demolition materials within the new construction, installation of rainwater harvesting and the ability of at least 95% of the site and its infrastructure to be dismantled and recycled or reused at the end of Centre’s operational life.”
As well as Old Swan being has been nominated, Ravenhead Recycling Centre in St Helens was also shortlisted in the Ecology and Biodiversity category and received an honorary mention.
Old Swan HWRC has previous winning form when in April 2016 it won the Corporate Responsibility Award at the Liverpool Echo Environment Awards.
Notes to Editors
MRWA_CEEQUAL – (l-r) Professor Tim Broyd from the Institute of Civil Engineers, Mike Goodier and Gemma Fenn from Cheetham Hill Construction, Tony Byers from MRWA.
MRWA_OldSwan – Old Swan Household Waste Recycling Centre.
MRWA_Ravenhead – Ravenhead Household Waste Recycling Centre.
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