Lakeside EfW wins prestigious award

At the prestigious Letsrecycle Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management ceremony on 20th October, Lakeside Energy from Waste (EfW) plant and education centre, a joint venture between Grundon Waste Management and Viridor, scooped the award for ‘Innovation in design of a waste management facility’.

The Lakeside EfW facility and education centre at Colnbrook, near Heathrow airport, was recognised for its forward-thinking design elements and positive impact on the local landscape.

Key features of the innovative design include:

  • A series of helical rings which wind around the 75m stack transform an otherwise bland, monolithic structure into an avant-garde feature and create an optical illusion appearing to reduce the height of the stack
  • The impressive curved roof gives the facility a graceful profile and avoids square edges. As well as being aesthetically pleasing, this element of the design also avoids the generation of vortices which could interfere with the aircraft approach route to Heathrow airport.
  • The circular education centre is based on concrete piles built into the corner of an adjacent lake. It blends comfortably into the surrounding natural habitats and provides the perfect environment to learn about sustainable waste management and wider environmental issues.

Lakeside Director and Grundon MD Richard Skehens, said, “The Lakeside EfW plant and education centre are genuine examples of creative designs which effectively combine function and form. They not only enhance the local landscape and respect the environment, they also deliver technical advantages. We’re delighted with the judging panel’s decision which clearly demonstrates that modern, purpose designed waste management facilities like the Lakeside EfW plant not only help to reduce the amount of residual waste sent to landfill, they can also be buildings of beauty in their own right”.

Lakeside EfW is designed to treat 410,000 tonnes of residual waste from businesses and local authorities while producing 37MW of electricity – enough to power 50,000 homes.

The Awards for Excellence are organised by leading waste and recycling online publication Letsrecycle.com to recognise best practice, innovation and achievement in the sector.

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