Jersey has used Energy From Waste technology since the commissioning of the site at Bellozanne in 1979, processing 80,000 tonnes per year of the island’s inert, solid waste. This facility is now at the end of its life and is unable to reliably serve the island. The technology employed here has now been outstripped by modern, contemporary facilities. The States of Jersey rigorously tested its Solid Waste Strategy and concluded that a new 120,000 tonne per year Energy From Waste facility at La Collette should replace the Bellozanne plant. The new facility will form part of the island’s Solid Waste Strategy that includes minimising production of waste and re-use and recycling before waste is offered for energy extraction and disposal. For the OJEU bid submission Camerons entered into a consortium with Spie Batignolles as civil engineers, and CNIM as technical installation designers and contractors. The CSBC consortium achieved preferred bidder status in May 2008 and entered into contract with The States of Jersey in November 2008 for the delivery of the completed building. Works commenced on site in January 2009 and the plant shall be operational at the beginning of 2011. EPR Architects’ role in the project has been the detailed design of the envelope and office accommodation block for the Energy From Waste and ancillary (Bulk Waste and Ash Handling) buildings. The States of Jersey employed a consultant architect to obtain planning approval for the concept design, and EPR have been closely involved in the detailed design development of that concept scheme prior to planning.
EPR are responsible for the detailed design of the building through the construction phase in accordance with the Architectural Criteria established by the planning consent and included in the Employer’s Requirements. As with all Energy From Waste facilities, developers and operators are mindful of the environmental cost of transportation of waste from the point of collection to the plant. The principles of Proximity therefore suggest that they should be located as close as possible to the waste’s point of origin, which means near commercial or residential areas. This requires that such plants achieve a high degree of architectural quality given the visual impact in any environment. EPR’s approach has been to preserve the quality of the concept design by working very closely with the construction team and the technical installation design. Whilst understanding and respecting the scale and complexity of the process operation we have collaborated to carefully control the size and location of penetrations through the facades (louvers, ducts and flues etc) and ancillary external elements (silos, tanks, weigh-bridges etc). The result is a site that is uncluttered and a building with a clear architectural concept delivered with quality in the materials and detailing without compromise to the efficient design and operation of the plant itself.
The design team has included structural engineers, services and acoustic consultants and landscape designers. Wider consultation on the project has addressed fire safety, sustainability strategy and the various aspects of Environmental Impact. EPR Architects have been central to the co-ordination of these parties, as well as the interface with the building’s civil engineering and technical installation.
It has been necessary to gain some understanding of the technical process in order to successfully co-ordinate the design team and respect the complexity of the design within the building envelope. This has been achieved through visits to plants in the UK and Europe that are either operational or under construction. The team regularly meets either around the table, or via video conference to ensure programme integration and design co-ordination.
EPR’s approach to this new sector has been to observe, listen and understand the requirements of the client, the operator and the local community. Through this we have gained an understanding of both the technical requirements of the plant’s design and operation, and the sensitivities of residents and business that surround the site. This has informed our strategy to deliver a building of high architectural quality that will serve Jersey’s waste and energy needs for many years to come.
Client: States of Jersey | Services: Architecture | Size: GIA 5,535m2