The new £32m plant in Dagenham is said to be the most advanced integrated anaerobic digestion (AD) plant dedicated to food waste in the south of England.
Bricon’s appointment follows its delivery of construction works on a £24m plant in Widnes completed in 2014 and a £20m plant in Doncaster in 2011 with a subsequent £5m extension in 2014 – all for Refood.
ReFood is the European market leader in recycling food chain by-products. It operates 11 AD plants across Europe.
The Dagenham gas to grid (G2G) facility is designed to be capable of recycling 160,000 tonnes of food waste each year and generate more than 2,000 m2/hr of methane gas. Using G2G technology this will be upgraded to reflect the qualities of natural gas – allowing it to be injected directly in to the national grid and used to power more than 10,000 homes across the region.
The plant will be built in the London Sustainable Industries Park (SIP) in Dagenham Dock and is expected to be open in summer 2017 after a 66-week build programme.
Britcon’s scope of work includes groundworks, remediation works, piling, structural steelwork buildings and construction of works for multiple high rise, post tensioned, circular, reinforced concrete digester, receiving and gas storage tanks.
The programme also includes delivery of a high-spec office complex and a depackaging building with deep basement.
Britcon director John Whitmore said: “We are delighted to assist ReFood (UK) Ltd in delivering its third AD plant in the UK. Through our previous projects we have demonstrated a highly experienced approach throughout procurement, delivery, flexibility and post management together with an exemplary health and safety record. We have built a strong and trusting relationship with ReFood (UK) Ltd together with Doncaster based John Hill Architects as lead designer and are delighted to be considered a valued partner as it seeks to further expand its operations in the UK.”
ReFood operations director Paul Morris said, “The team has proved to be extremely experienced and proficient in this complex area of construction whist conforming to our sustainability agenda. Over recent years we have developed a fantastic relationship that we trust.”