The North London Waste Authority is recruiting an architect to design a £500 million waste-to-energy incinerator in Edmonton
The winner of the £1.5 million contract will draw up conceptual plans for the 70MW facility on a 33ha site, which will replace the ageing London EcoPark power station following its closure and demolition.
Planned to complete in 2028, the phased North London Heat and Power Project (NLHPP) will handle approximately 700,000 tonnes of waste every year while also generating power for around 127,000 homes and heat for local homes and businesses.
According to the brief: ‘The North London Heat and Power Project is the project for the replacement of the energy from waste facility at the Edmonton EcoPark with a new energy recovery facility as well as other buildings and infrastructure associated with the proposal.
‘The existing energy from waste facility, which processes waste from seven north London Boroughs, has limited operational life remaining, and needs to be replaced. The proposed replacement ERF will be more efficient, generating up to 70MW of electricity.’
The current incinerator overlooks the North Circular road and Lee Valley Regional Park, and opened in 1971. It generates around 55MW of power, which is enough for 24,000 homes.
The facility processes waste from seven local boroughs – Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest – covering a 30,000ha area of north London, home to 1.9 million people.
As well as the new energy recovery facility, the latest project will deliver a two-storey waterfront visitor, community and education centre – known as EcoPark House – which will host the Edmonton Sea Cadets; as well as landscaping improvements to the nearby River Lee Navigation.
The appointed architect will advise on all architectural aspects of the scheme and will act as ‘concept guardians’ throughout its construction, ensuring the facility’s ‘successful delivery, look, feel, outcomes, and performance.’
The architect will also create a design code covering building composition, materials, use of colour, wayfinding and signage. There will be separate contracts for a planning consultant and technical consultant.
Nearby developments include the £1.5 billion Meridian Water Housing Zone scheme which is being masterplanned by Karakusevic Carson Architects and will transform a 100ha brownfield area next to Banbury Reservoir.
The deadline for applications is 1pm, 7 September.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
North London Waste Authority
Unit 1b Berol House
25 Ashley Road
Tel: +44 2084895867