04/12/2020

New video showcases major construction progress on the North London Heat and Power Project

A video published by the North London Waste Authority (NLWA) this week shows the significant construction progress that has been made during 2020 on the North London Heat and Power Project (NLHPP) – a new sustainable waste management hub being built at Edmonton EcoPark.

Works are gearing up rapidly on-site to prepare for the main construction works, which start next year. When complete the project will speed London towards a Net Zero carbon economy, through the provision of vital low-carbon heat for local homes. It will also help to boost recycling rates in north London by delivering the first ever public recycling centre at the site. The video, available to view here, provides exciting updates on progress to build this sustainable asset for north London.

Enabling works have been underway since January 2019 to prepare the site for major construction starting in the new year. Construction was paused on all sites in March due to COVID-19, to ensure that the appropriate health and safety measures could be implemented to protect the workforce and comply with guidance from the Construction Leadership Council and Public Health England.

In October, a new bespoke Transport Yard was complete at Hawley Road to house LondonEnergy’s fleet of vehicles. The old transport yard at the EcoPark needed to be relocated in order for vital works to take place to divert two Thames Water sewers.

Contractor Galldris Services has undertaken enabling works at the Sewer Diversion site, which allowed Barhale to mobilise on-site in October to begin excavation of an 11-metre deep shaft in preparation for the main diversion to take place in spring 2021. Diverting the Chingford and Angel sewers beneath the footprint of the future RRF comprises complex engineering work and is essential for construction to commence next year.

Construction works at the Temporary Laydown Area are nearing completion ahead of handing over to Taylor Woodrow in early 2021. During summer, works began to create a new eastern access into the EcoPark, providing a vehicular entrance from the Laydown Area.

Galldris Services are weeks away from completing the new northern access at Deephams Farm Road, south of Ardra Road. The new access point will provide an additional entry point into the EcoPark to help improve traffic flows.

In January 2021, contractor Taylor Woodrow will begin major construction works at EcoPark South to bring forward new flagship recycling facilities for north London’s residents. The new Resource Recovery Facility (RRF) will have capacity to manage up to 135,000 tonnes of recyclable material every year including wood, plastic and metal.

The RRF also includes a Reuse and Recycling Centre which will enable local residents and business to bring their waste directly to site for the first time ever. During the first phase of major construction, NLWA is also building a new community facility called EcoPark House which will be the new home for the Edmonton Sea Cadets.