We are pleased to report that works are progressing well on site for Curtis Moore during construction of the new Rookery South Energy from Waste (EfW) plant in Stewartby, Bedfordshire, on behalf of our client Hitachi Zosen Inova AG (HZI).
Curtis Moore started work on site in October 2019 to install the internal fire wall, before returning in March 2020 to commence work on the main building envelope.
At that time, as many other sites were forced to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic, construction at the Rookery South site continued throughout the lockdown period. The site was able to remain operational with the introduction of daily monitoring, temperature checks, strict compliance to social distancing and hygiene requirements and the provision of emergency response facilities.
Our team of around 40 operatives have been responsible for the installation of built up and composite wall cladding and curtain walling to several areas of the plant including the Admin Building, Turbine Hall and Boiler Hall. We have also completed the installation of the single ply roofing on the Tipping Hall (in preparation for the biodiverse ‘brown roof’), as well as roof decking to the Turbine Hall, Boiler Hall and Waste Bunker.
The coming weeks will see Curtis Moore push ahead with the installation of the brown roof to the Tipping Hall and Waste Bunker, with the latter also benefiting from the installation of a green ‘living wall’ to the façade to enhance the visual impact and provide biodiversity.
Chris Hendrick, Rookery South Project Manager at Curtis Moore said of the progress, “We are delighted with the progress to date and are particularly pleased to have formed an excellent working relationship with the HZI site team during the construction of this major project.”
When complete in Spring 2021, the plant will contain three combustion lines capable of processing around 545,000 tonnes of mixed municipal and commercial waste annually. The Rookery plant will play an active part in the UK’s endeavours to reduce or eliminate the need for landfill and exports of refuse and, will therefore play a key role in reducing of the UK’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Progress photos (Sept 2020)…