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Sue Ryder gets £1,000 boost from Peterborough

12th April 2015

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). In April they celebrated achieving 300,000 man hours – equivalent to over 34 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 third cheque for £1,000 to the Sue Ryder appeal to build a new hospice at Thorpe Hall in Peterborough.


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


Paul said: “Construction of Peterborough Energy Recovery Facility began in July 2014. It’s been an exciting journey for us all and we’ve worked hard to ensure that everyone who is part of the team is fully committed to health and safety. The facility is changing in appearance almost on a daily basis now and it’s great to see so many different trades working close together in a safe environment. It’s a real partnership attitude from everyone.”


Hospice Fundraiser, Nilesh Patel commented: “The support we continue to receive from Viridor and its construction partners – B&W Volund, Interserve and Fichtner – is hugely appreciated. This latest donation of £1,000 will go towards our appeal to build a state of the art hospice which will ensure we continue to provide incredible hospice care for the people of this community for generations to come.”


On completion it will be one of the most efficient plants of its kind in the UK. Earlier this year the site received an ‘Exceptional’ rating in its safety report from the Considerate Constructors Scheme and has also won a Considerate Constructors Scheme 2015 National Site Award.


Currently there are over 200 people working on site – around 25% of those employed on site are from Peterborough and surrounding area. During the construction, over £6million has been contributed to the local economy by using local suppliers where possible for contracts, hotels, catering, supplies, materials and other project requirements.


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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