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Sue Ryder gets a fourth £1,000 boost from Peterborough Energy Recovery Facility Another 100,000 man-hour construction landmark is achieved Viridor and its construction partners – B&W Volund, Interserve and Fichtner – are working to the highest standards to complete the construction of the Peterborough Energy Recovery Facility (ERF). In May they celebrated achieving another 100,000 man hours – equivalent to over 11 years – without time lost to accident or injury. To mark the achievement and demonstrate its commitment to the community in which it is working, the company has donated a cheque for £1,000 to Sue Ryder.
The donation will go towards the funds needed to build a new hospice at Thorpe Hall in Peterborough, the fourth donation Viridor has made to date. Regional Contracts Manager, Paul Rowland, from Viridor, was joined by representatives from the construction partners to present the cheque. Paul said: “We’ve been building the Peterborough Energy Recovery Facility for almost two years now, and in that time we’ve been joined on site by a tremendous number of skilled individuals. We’re well over two-thirds of the way through the construction and we’re so pleased that we’ve got this far with such a strong health and safety record. We’ll keep the focus on protecting all our employees and contractors throughout this project.”
Councillor Gavin Elsey, cabinet member for digital, waste and street scene said: “It is great to see Viridor supporting the local community with this generous donation to such a worthy cause. Together with Peterborough City Council, Viridor is building a facility that will save the city thousands of pounds when disposing of our waste. We are doing all we can to save residents money and I look forward to seeing this facility up and running soon.”
Hospice Fundraiser, Nilesh Patel commented: “We’ve now received £4,000 from Viridor and its construction partners during the last 10 months which we are very grateful for as we come to the end of our appeal here at Thorpe Hall Hospice. Paul Rowland and the construction partners first came to Thorpe Hall just before building work started and to be able to welcome them back for this latest donation now that building work has been completed is wonderful.”
On completion it will be one of the most efficient plants of its kind in the UK. Earlier this year the site received an ‘Exceptional’ rating in its safety report from the Considerate Constructors Scheme and has also won a Considerate Constructors Scheme 2015 National Site Award. Currently there are over 250 people working on site – around 25% of those employed on site are from Peterborough and surrounding area. During the construction, over £6.2 million has been contributed to the local economy by using local suppliers where possible for contracts, hotels, catering, supplies, materials and other project requirements. Once operational late in 2015, the plant will produce 7.25MW of electricity – equivalent to that required by around 15% of homes in Peterborough. Around 95% of the waste delivered to the plant will be diverted from landfill – with the environmental and economic benefits associated for the council and therefore local people.