Waste Transfer Station
Peterborough City Council
Peterborough City Council’s Waste Transfer Station was no longer coping with the volume of lorries that were arriving on site on a daily basis. The council had a temporary structure which was only meant to last a few years, however this structure remained for longer than planned.
With the temporary solution being just a canopy, waste was stored outdoors which meant it couldn’t be contained and therefore created a hazard – often floating around the grounds attracting seagulls. The wet weather also made the waste heavier. The council pays for the recycling of its waste by weight which meant that as waste was often heavier from the rain, the cost to process it was more than what it should have been therefore the facility was severely impacting on the council’s budget. The site has also seen fires on several occasions.
The council approached Lindum to assist it in designing and constructing a permanent solution to solve the problem. After three years of developing the project alongside the council, implementing value engineering solutions to get the facility to within the council’s restricted budget, Lindum was appointed to build the new transfer facility.
The new building has the same format as the previous structure but with the main difference being the waste is now being stored indoors. Lorries reverse into the building to off-load the rubbish to improve efficiencies in and out of the site. To ensure the building remained protected, bollards were installed as a crash prevention measure.