His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester has visited the Grundon integrated waste management complex at Lakeside Road, Colnbrook near Slough and Heathrow Terminal 5.
The Duke spent three hours on site and visited a brand new recycling centre operated by Grundon, the Lakeside Energy from Waste facility – a joint venture between Grundon Waste Management and Viridor – and the Grundon dedicated clinical waste management plant. He concluded his trip with a tour of Thorney Park Golf Club – a painstakingly restored landfill site which is now an 18 hole golf course.
Photo: HRH The Duke of Gloucester (L) and Richard Skehens, MD of Grundon Waste Management and a Director of Lakeside Energy from Waste Ltd on the balcony of the Lakeside Education Centre, with the award winning energy from waste plant in the background.
As a qualified architect and a corporate member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, His Royal Highness was particularly interested in the design of the Lakeside Energy from Waste facility – which won a DEFRA sponsored award for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management in the Innovation in Design category.
During his tour, the Duke remarked that modern waste management is a very complex subject and it was very interesting to see so many types of activities co-located on one site. He added that the design of the energy from waste plant is particularly distinctive given that it presented a real challenge to the architect. Not only did it have to combine functionality with an appropriate form for the landscape, but as the large buildings could not be hidden or screened, they had to stand on their own ground as a piece of architecture.
Richard Skehens, Managing Director of Grundon and a Lakeside Director adds,
“We were delighted to have this opportunity to show HRH the Duke of Gloucester around our Colnbrook facilities. The Lakeside EfW plant is an excellent example of how safe and efficient energy from waste facilities can generate much needed, base-load power to the National Grid, largely from non fossil fuels. The plant exports enough energy from residual (non recyclable) household waste to meet the domestic needs of around 50,000 households, approximately the population of Slough.
Our original clinical waste incinerator, built in 1990 was one of the first in the country – and has been rebuilt to meet the very tight standards of the European Waste Incineration Directive. The latest of the company’s three material recovery facilities – which is designed to sort over 120,000 tonnes of waste a year for recycling – is also part of the same complex”.
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