Significant progress on-site at Edmonton EcoPark in the first quarter of 2021 to deliver the NLHPP

23 Apr 2021

2021 is a landmark year on the NLHPP to deliver brand new waste management and recycling facilities for north London’s two million residents. The NLHPP is North London Waste Authority’s (NLWA) plan for a new sustainable waste hub at Edmonton EcoPark.

At the start of the year, the first major construction works commenced to build a new Resource Recovery Facility (RRF), public Reuse and Recycling Centre (RRC) and a new visitor and education centre known as EcoPark House, where the local community will be able to learn more about waste management and recycling. So far, contractor Taylor Woodrow has completed site clearance and demolition works, and is now underway with piling to prepare the site for the main structure of the RRF which will begin in June.

To make way for new facilities at Edmonton EcoPark, highly complex engineering works are being undertaken by contractor Barhale to divert two Thames Water sewers – the Chingford and Angel. Earlier this year, two 15 tonne Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) arrived on-site to bore the tunnels for the new sewers. Barhale used an innovative tunnel drive shaft design to carry out the tunnel boring using two pipe jacks from a single shaft at the same time which enabled the programme to be fast tracked and reduce the amount of water required by approximately 65%.

Works to clear the northern area of the EcoPark to make way for the new Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) are well underway. Contractor DSM Demolition are clearing the northern area in phases to enable LondonEnergy’s normal operations to continue, whilst preparing the site for the ERF.

All NLHPP’s enabling work construction sites are now complete. These include the new northern access road off Deephams Farm Road providing a new northern access point to the EcoPark, the temporary Laydown Area and new eastern access road, sewer diversion enabling works and the relocated transport yard to Hawley Road.

Throughout 2021, the procurement process to find a contractor to build the new ERF is taking place. This involves submission of detailed solutions, dialogue and negotiation, before publishing a contract notice award at the end of the year.

Find out more about the latest construction news on the NLHPP by watching our latest construction update video below. You can watch our previous construction update videos here.