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Jersey Waste to Energy by Hopkins (concept design to planning) and EPR Architects

Sustainability in Practice: Waste-to-energy processing plants

Name of building Jersey Waste to Energy
Architect Hopkins (concept design to planning); EPR Architects
Services engineer MITIE
Client State of Jersey Transport and Technical Services Department
Location Jersey, Channel Islands
Completion May 2011

Hopkins Architects was commissioned to design this plant on a prominent port site visible from St Helier. A previous scheme was rejected for planning. The design approach, according to Hopkins associate partner Tony White, was to contain everything within one formal enclosure and avoid a string of components connected together by pipes. ‘Everything goes in at one end and comes out at the other, except some unsuitable bulky items (such as beds) that are sent on a conveyor belt to a separate store.’

The challenge was to make a carefully detailed blank box on a tight budget. Glazed gable ends to the building provide daylight and reduce lighting demand. ETFE was initially considered, but glass was required for acoustic reasons. The plant reuses some facilities of the previous power station, most notably the brick chimney.

Total waste throughput 105,000 tonnes per annum
Site area 30,000m²
Building footprint 3,000m²
Building dimensions 80 x 36 x 32m (high to eaves)
Deliveries Maximum 45 x eight-tonne refuse collection vehicles per day
Recycling Recyclables pre-sorted from waste stream
Electricity output 56,000MWh/yr to local network

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