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Sue Ryder gets £1K for H&S excellence

01st December 2014

Viridor and its construction partners – B&W Volund, Interserve and Fichtner – are working to the highest standards to complete the construction of the Peterborough Energy Recovery Facility (ERF). Today they celebrated achieving 200,000 man hours – equivalent to nearly 23 years – without time lost to accident or injury.

To mark the achievement and demonstrate its commitment to the community in which it is working, the company has donated a second cheque for £1,000 to the Sue Ryder appeal to build a new hospice at Thorpe Hall in Peterborough.

Regional Contracts Manager, Paul Rowland, was joined by representatives from each of the construction partners to present the cheque.

Paul said: “Since we started construction last July, we’ve established a strong team approach to health and safety. Everyone works together to identify opportunities to improve and we’re constantly challenging each other to keep our excellent performance record going. I’m delighted to reach this milestone and it means we’re able to stand here today, at the Sue Ryder facilities, and see where our contribution can really help make a difference.”

Hospice Fundraiser, Nilesh Patel commented: ‘We’re grateful for the continued support from Viridor and its partners. Building work is well underway now on the new in patient unit at Thorpe Hall and donations such as this will help us reach our target.’

Richard French, working for the Joint Venture construction team, added: ‘Supporting the tremendous work carried out by Sue Ryder is the perfect way to celebrate our achievement at the Peterborough site. Long may the collaboration continue.’

David Hutchinson of Fichtner added: “We are delighted both to be supporting Viridor in the Peterborough ERF project and that this milestone has been achieved. Safety on site requires collaboration between a wide range of people and companies and is a team effort by all involved in the construction project. It makes me very proud that the team is contributing to the Sue Ryder project at Thorpe Hall.

On completion it will be one of the most efficient plants of its kind in the UK. Over the last 12 months, a lot of progress has happened on site. The project remains on schedule and the site has been recognised as outstanding for the safety, communication with the local community and presentation of the site by the Considerate Constructors Scheme.

Currently there are around 140 people working on site – around 25% of those employed on site are from Peterborough and surrounding area – and this is set to increase to over 200 as we progress with the plant. Around £3.95million has been contributed to the local economy.

Once operational late in 2015, the plant will produce 7.25MW of electricity – equivalent to that required by around 15% of homes in Peterborough. Around 95% of the waste delivered to the plant will be diverted from landfill – with the environmental and economic benefits associated for the council and therefore local people.

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