New waste recycling centre wins twin awards

West Suffolk’s state-of-the-art waste and street services operations facility on the edge of Bury St Edmunds has won two awards on the anniversary of being commissioned.

The £30m joint project by Suffolk County Council and West Suffolk Council has won the National Construction Award for Best Community Engagement and a Merit Award for Physical Achievement from the Institute of Civil Engineers, East of England.

Designed to provide the right waste facilities for the growing population in West Suffolk for decades to come, it brought together a waste transfer station, a Household Waste Recycling Centre, a vehicle depot and a re-use shop on one site, providing a more efficient way of managing household waste and recycling. The project was delivered on time, within budget, with a 100 per cent safety record, and scoring 9 out of 10 for customer satisfaction.

More than 800 clients, contractors and suppliers watched the National Construction Award event online, which saw contractors Morgan Sindall shortlisted in the category against six national schemes.

The judges said that it was a project that transformed local sentiment and delivered £17m in social value investment. They chose it for being both authentic and specifically tailored to local needs, successfully employing meaningful collaborative action to win over an initially sceptical community.

The judges also said the project team “formed a bond of trust with the community”, leading the client to say the project had “restored their faith in the construction industry”. The judges also said they were “enthused by the thoughtfulness behind every action” and said the entry “stood alone as the most impressive in this category”.

Meanwhile, the East of England Institute of Civil Engineers awarded the operational hub a merit award for Physical Achievement. The hub was one of five regional engineering projects to receive recognition for their roles in protecting communities, vital energy supplies, enhancing regional resilience and efficiency whilst supporting biodiversity and the natural environment.

In 2019 the project was also shortlisted for recognition by the national Considerate Contractors Scheme Ultra Site Awards – which reward models of best practice in construction across the country.

Peter Whitmore, managing director for Morgan Sindall Construction East, said: “We are delighted to be recognised for our part in this important scheme. Not only has the project transformed waste management across the region, but Morgan Sindall Construction’s commitment to benefitting the communities at the heart of where we work has meant a great deal of social value has been invested locally. Through numerous engagements and initiatives, the team was able to give the people of West Suffolk ownership of the project, ensuring maximum positive impact.”

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