A leading Derbyshire recycling company is investing £4m into upgrading its depot in Chesterfield with support from environmental, engineering and planning specialist Caulmert.
Swadlincote-based metals and waste recycler Ward Recycling is redeveloping a 7.5-acre site in Old Whittington with new facilities and equipment.
Once developed, the Chesterfield site would be able to process 60,000 tonnes of waste metal from the construction and demolition industries every year.
The redevelopment plan, which includes a new building and hard standing for storing and processing recyclable materials, will also lead to the creation of new jobs at the site.
Caulmert, based in Eastwood, Nottingham, has been involved in the project since Ward Recycling purchased the site in 2015. Caulmert will provide a range of services including ground investigations, geotechnical surveys and flood risk assessments to progress the development.
The complex project requires significant ground investigations to support the planning process and to design foundations for new building and equipment, including a new 1000 tonne shear.
Caulmert’s principal hydrogeologist Sarah Venning said: “The site has a history of industrial land use with the added complexity of underground coal mining in the area.”
“We need to investigate the composition of the ground on site, which will inform the type of foundations needed for the buildings and new equipment, which weigh in excess of 300 tonnes.
“Our investigations will include drilling approximately 30m into the ground to check for the presence of coal or underground mine workings, to ensure the safe development of the area.
“Ground investigations are already under way, and are due to be completed in early March.”
Ward Recycling project manager Donald Ward said: “We’re looking to bring this site up to modern environmental and health and safety standards, which will create jobs and allow us to continue the growth of the company.”
“We understood the Chesterfield site was in need of significant improvements when we first purchased it in 2015.
“We retained a number of the original staff and have subsequently employed more than 15 people to help strengthen the team on site. We hope to complete the initial phase of work by summer 2016.”
“The Chesterfield site is an important investment that will help safeguard the company’s future. By investing in new machinery and buildings, we’re looking to reduce the visual impact of materials stored on site and make it as efficient as possible.”