A major expansion scheme to extend an existing recycling facility in County Durham is nearing completion.
The £1.2 million project is being implemented by Total Recycling Services and comprises the construction of a new waste transfer station and a brand new recycling building. Funding for the project is being provided by Yorkshire Bank Investing for Growth Initiative.
Total Recycling Services’ Waste Recycling Facility is located on Former Taylor Woodrow Compound in Darlington. The facility carries out waste management services for many blue-chip North East companies in the UK and recycles a variety of waste materials including paper, card, plastics, chemicals and general waste.
Total Recycling Services also disposes of hazardous and non-hazardous liquids and prevents up to 90% of collected waste from being diverted to landfill. The expansion at the facility will increase the site’s capacity by up to six times, further strengthening its services in the sector and increasing its ability to improve the environment.
Finley Structures Ltd is the main contractor on the project and Elder Lester McGregor is the architect. Alex Foreman of Total Recycling Services is the project manager and the structural consultant is Billinghurst George Partnership.
Eight new jobs will be created as part of the expansion and it is predicted that Total Recycling Services will boost its annual turnover to £6 million by the end of 2012.
Total Recycling Services Project Manager, Alex Foreman, said:
“We are experiencing growing demand for our broad-based specialist services and this expansion will enable us to keep pace with customer needs. We created 22 jobs in 2009, achieved a £2.96 million first-year turnover and are very pleased to be expanding and creating new jobs in a tough period for the economy.
“The new waste transfer station will facilitate the faster and more efficient sorting of waste and the new recycling building will take more of our operations under cover, which is better for the environment.
“We have invested in brand new, top quality vehicles and equipment from day one and this latest extension follows this pattern. We went to Yorkshire Bank Tees Valley FSC in the middle of the recession to help us to launch, and they have backed us all the way. We would not be where we are without them. It is a bespoke, personal service and it is the best I’ve ever dealt with.”
Yorkshire Bank Tees Valley FSC Business Partner, Richard Jackson, said:
“The growing need for society to manage waste effectively does not automatically mean that it is easy to build a successful waste management business.
“Alex Foreman and his team are building a first-class operation and Yorkshire Bank is pleased to be backing them through our Investing For Growth campaign.”
Work began on the extension project in January 2012. The new L-shaped recycling unit is being constructed from a steel framed portal and will feature profiled fireproof metal cladding, a concrete floor slab, pre-cast concrete external push walls industrial roller access doors.
Additional features include a number of security measures, including detection and alarm systems and a new door entry system.
In order for the work to be undertaken, Total Recycling Services had to obtain a licence from the Environment Agency. Whilst construction work is taking place at Total Recycling Services’ Waste Recycling Facility the site will remain fully operational, so all efforts are being conducted to ensure there are no disruptions to services.
Finley Structures Ltd Contracts Manager, John Wayper, said:
“Despite one of the wettest April’s on record we have remained on schedule and are due to complete the programme on time and within budget. A facility like this is very important to the environment and it will be an important asset to Total Recycling Services.”
Elder Lester McGregor Managing Director, Ian McGregor, added:
“The work that we are conducting on this project is progressing well and everything continues to remain on programme. The expansion is being expertly conducted by Finley Structures Ltd and I’m pleased to say that we’ve not encountered any major problems with the work.”
Total Recycling Services’ Waste Recycling Facility is scheduled for completion in late August 2012.
Elder Lester McGregor
Elder Lester McGregor is a small-medium practise providing architectural services throughout the north of England. Based in Teeside, Elder Lester McGregor prides itself on its professional design and contract management services for use in building projects. The practice promotes expertly detailed and carefully designed solutions and all of Elder Lester McGregor’s staff are passionate about their work.
To date Elder Lester McGregor has completed a wide variety of projects in the commercial, residential, industrial, retail and healthcare sectors.
Elder Lester McGregor Managing Director, Ian McGregor, said:
“A project like the Waste Recycling Facility expansion is very important for Elder Lester McGregor to be involved with as we believe that all of the buildings that we design always take environmental issues into account.
“Although this extension isn’t on the same scale as some of our larger projects, being involved with a project that puts recycling at the forefront is of great importance to us.”
Finley Structures Ltd
Formed in 2000, Finley Structures Ltd is a family-owned company that carries out structural steel work for the construction industry. From its base of operations on Newton Aycliffe Business Park, Finley Structures offers a wide range of structural solutions, with projects ranging from 100 te to 2000 te.
Finley Structures Ltd Contracts Manager, John Wayper, said:
“Finley Structures Ltd core business is structural steel fabrication and installation, and when we first tendered for the Waste Recycling Facility project we were only involved with the steel work and foundations. However, as the project developed our involvement became that of the main contractor and undertook the floor slab work, push walls, cladding and also the shutter doors.
“Finley Structures is very pleased to be involved with this expansion project for Total Recycling Services. We’ve previously completed work for the company and we hope to work with them again on all of their future projects.”