Ramboll’s environment and specialisms teams worked with Kelda Water to secure permission for the scheme, which will received about 35,000t of household food waste a year from the city. The anaerobic digestion process will convert it into heat and power to the local area.
Issues surrounding air quality and transportation were hot topics for local residents, so Ramboll carried out consultation and engagement in advance of the planning submission to ensure smooth progress. “This is a real success story,” said project manager Luke Strickland. “Not only did we deliver a high quality environmental statement in a very short space of time, we built on local relationships within the wider project team and impressed a new client with our proactive and integrated approach. The project also strengthens our offer to the UK’s rapidly growing anaerobic digestion market.”
Ramboll provided technical assessments of flood risk, contaminated land, transportation, air quality and noise. “Our collaborative and holistic approach was essential given the complications of the site and ambitious project timescales,” said Strickland.
The company is now looking to explore the implementation of new heat recovery systems with Kelda on existing anaerobic digestion plants.