York Society of Engineers Lecture
The Leeds RERF (Recycling and Energy Recovery facility) is the flagship development at the heart of Leeds Integrated Waste Strategy over the next 25 years. The facility will process over 200,000 tonnes of household waste per annum, generating 11MW of electricity to power up to 20,000 homes a year. The scheme harbours further ambitions by providing on-site pre-treatment technology which will sort up to 20% of all waste brought to site ready for recycling - waste which would otherwise have been sent to landfill.
Tata Steel Projects (TSP) are Lead Designers on the detail design, coordination and delivery of this ambitious project delivering Architecture, Civil and Structural Engineering, Highway & Drainage, M&E, Environmental consultancy, Landscape Architecture, Geo-Technical and Fire Engineering design alongside overall responsibility for design co-ordination with the French process Engineers CNIM as well as numerous sub-contractor design packages as part of our co-ordinated approach to multi-disciplinary delivery.
The building has an iconic glulam timber frame structure - the largest timber frame building in the UK and the largest of its type in Europe. At 42m high and 123m in length the main timber arches create an uninterrupted 34m span over the complex process machinery within. Integration of the specialist timber frame superstructure has meant the use of the latest BIM software has played a significant role in the design process.
Amidst the timber frame, on the buildings southern elevation will be a green ‘living’ wall creating a visually stunning feature in stark contrast to the building’s industrial use. The feature will soften the building’s visual impact and provide vital bio-diversity to the site and surrounding industrial area.