What are the NLHPP programme costs?

Delivering the project at the lowest possible cost for north London’s residents is imperative and, as a public authority, the NLWA is able to borrow from sources such as the Public Works Loan Board to secure finance at lowest cost possible to the taxpayer.

NLWA will continue to be financed through a levy for managing the disposal of waste for the seven north London boroughs. The cost of the project is accounted for in this levy and boroughs have taken account of this in their future financing plans.

In the short to medium term, the NLWA forecasts that there will be no significant changes to the levy – which makes up only about three per cent of boroughs’ total net expenditure. Each of the seven London boroughs determines the appropriate level of council tax in their areas and this arrangement will continue when the new facility is built.

In 2019 the Authority was awarded £100m of borrowing at the Government’s Local Infrastructure Rate, which allows borrowing on especially favourable terms for local authority projects which represent high value for money.

We borrowed £280 million from the Public Works Loan Board to finance the start of construction on north London’s new Energy Recovery Facility, after our Members approved the awarding of the contract to build it in December 2021.

The overall programme costs are £1.2bn. This cost includes the delivery of:

  • a replacement Energy Recovery Facility to process waste into low carbon energy;
  • a new hub for recycling and recovering resources known as a Resource Recovery Facility, which will include a new Reuse and Recycling Centre that will be open to the public;
  • a new education and community centre known as EcoPark House;
  • comprehensive site works to re-use the brownfield site and divert utilities;
  • project management and technical support; and
  • appropriate risk contingency allowances.

The estimated values of these works are in the order of:

Energy Recovery Facility to treat up to 700,000 tonnes of unrecyclable waste per year, and generate low-carbon heat and power for up to 127,000 homes


Resource Recovery Facility, to include a public reuse and recycling centre and EcoPark House (a dedicated education and community centre for local people to learn more about the circular economy values of reducing, reusing and recycling)


Site preparation and remediation, to prepare the complex brownfield site at Edmonton EcoPark


Third party costs, including land purchase costs, utility costs and costs required to relocate LondonEnergy activity to enable construction to take place


Project management, including the appointment of technical experts to deliver this important community asset


Risk contingencies necessary for a nationally significant infrastructure project of this scale and complexity