Suffolk staff crowned operational team of the year on a waste site
The Suffolk energy-from-waste facility has won two more national awards – one for the building and the other for the team running it – and is in line for a third.
The Peel People’s Cup is awarded by the CIWM (Chartered Institution of Wastes Management) to the best operating team of the year. It is recognition that a successful waste operation is heavily dependent on its staff – the people at the sharp end who play such a critical role in the success of the operation.
Paul Leighton, Plant Manager for SUEZ recycling and recovery UK, who run the site, said:
We have won a number of awards for different aspects of this project, from its design and construction to its many environmental features, which help make it one of the greenest buildings in the country.
But a fantastic building is nothing without a great team to run it. In our first year of operation we met or exceeded all of our targets, and that’s down to the great staff we have here. I am delighted this superb team effort has been recognised with this national award.
The Suffolk energy-from-waste facility, which is run by SUEZ on behalf of Suffolk County Council, began operating in December 2014. It uses the waste left after recycling, from homes and businesses across Suffolk, to produce enough electricity for 30,000 homes. Practically nothing goes to waste on site, as the by-products of the process are given a second life – metals are recycled and bottom ash is used as an aggregate in local building projects.
Suffolk County Councillor Matthew Hicks, Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection, said:
We are immensely proud of the team at SUEZ and want to congratulate them on the award. They are clearly vital in ensuring the plant runs efficiently and safely processing Suffolk’s household waste. I would also like to congratulate Grimshaw on winning the prestigious Blueprint award for sustainability.
The county council promised an iconic and sustainable building and an excellently-managed waste treatment solution and these latest awards confirm that, working with our partners, that’s what we have delivered.
Last month the site, which was designed by Grimshaw, won the top prize for sustainability in the Blueprint Awards 2016, which celebrate the very best in world architecture and design. The site was one of eight short-listed, including the Theatre Royal in York, the refurbishment of a building at the University of Brighton and projects in Malaysia, Denmark and Australia.
It is also a regional finalist in this year’s Civic Trust Awards, which recognise outstanding architecture, planning and design in the built environment.
A total of 16 buildings from the eastern region are included in the regional finalists list including two colleges in Cambridge and a hospital in Welwyn Hatfield. All regional finalists go through to the national/international competition, with winners being announced on 15 December.