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Thames Gateway Power by Race Cottam Associates

Sustainability in Practice: Waste-to-energy processing plants

Name of building Thames Gateway Power
Architect Race Cottam Associates
Services engineer Services Design Associates
Client Thames Gateway Power/Cyclamax Holdings
Location London Sustainable Industries Park, Dagenham, London
Completion Submitted for planning; start on site mid-2011

Waste processed at this facility will be collected from a 11km radius, and pre-sorted at other waste transfer facilities or directly at source by local businesses. Approximately 50 per cent of the waste will be biodegradable.

The proposed building has a steel portal frame with translucent polycarbonate cladding panels. Both the waste reception and energy generation halls will be naturally ventilated and toplit through a central rooflight. The design approach is to create a crisply detailed long box on a linear site parallel to the A13. The arrangement of spaces reflects the building’s internal functions and all waste handling takes place within the building perimeter.

Large quantities of hot water, a by-product of the cooling system of the electricity generating turbines, are intended to be used to heat other buildings in the Sustainable Industries Park and nearby homes.

Total fuel throughput 120,000 tonnes per annum of commercial waste
Site area 36,000m²
Building footprint 18,000m²
Building dimensions 279 x 61 x 18m
Deliveries 43 x 20-tonne lorries a day
Electricity output 128GWh (64GWh renewable)
Recycling Pre-sorted waste equivalent to 112,000 tonnes per annum diverted from landfill

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