What this document is
A summary of the planned construction and demolition works required for the Project and the approach to the Code of Construction Practice being adopted.
If the Development Consent Order (DCO) for the Project is granted, North London Waste Authority (NLWA) will consider the best procurement route for the Project before starting the construction phase. The construction of the proposed Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) is unlikely to start before 2020 (with site clearance in 2019), and once begun, will last for approximately three years. After a short period during which both the proposed ERF and existing Energy from Waste (EfW) facilities are operating together, to ensure that the new facility is working well, the current EfW will be demolished. Demolition, including making sure the ground is returned to a pre-agreed condition, is expected to last up to two years. During construction and demolition, the contractors will be required to follow a Code of Construction Practice (CoCP), and the essential elements of this will be included in the DCO application. A CoCP is always produced for projects of this type.
A draft CoCP has been prepared to set out how construction of the ERF and demolition of the existing EfW will be managed and mitigated to minimise disruption. The draft CoCP sets out a series of objectives and measures to be implemented during all construction and demolition activities e.g. site preparation, demolition, materials delivery, waste removal and engineering and construction activities. Some works will be temporary, for example the Laydown area, whilst others will be permanent - the CoCP will apply to the construction of both temporary and permanent works. It outlines the ways in which environmental requirements will be managed and, as well as general environmental management principles, it includes general site requirements and environmental requirements by topic. The following topics are covered by the CoCP:
- General site management
- Air quality and odour;
- Archaeology and cultural heritage;
- Ground conditions and contamination;
- Noise and vibrations;
- Townscape and visual;
- Waste; and
- Water resources.
The draft CoCP is available as part of this phase of consultation. After consultation this draft will be updated where appropriate to take into account consultation feedback, after which it will be submitted with the application. Prior to construction works commencing the CoCP will be reviewed and updated if necessary, with the aim of ensuring that any new relevant guidance is considered.
- Establishes a set of standards and procedures for managing, mitigating and monitoring construction impacts of site activities throughout the construction phase;
- Maintains satisfactory levels of environmental protection;
- Limits the disturbance from construction activities as far as reasonably practicable; and
- Assures stakeholders that construction impacts will be appropriately managed and provides a mechanism for stakeholder engagement.
The preparation of the draft CoCP has been informed by the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process and the findings of the Preliminary Environmental Information Report (PEIR). The assessments presented in the Environmental Statement submitted as part of the application will assume the application of the measures contained within the CoCP.
The provisions of the CoCP will be enforceable through the construction works contract and will be incorporated into all construction contracts. All contractors and their sub-contractors will be required to comply with the requirements in the CoCP.
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