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£252m construction project offers opportunities to South West businesses

23rd June 2017

Firms invited to meet-the-buyer event on 12 July at Bristol Golf Club

Local businesses and contractors, including those in the Bristol and Avonmouth areas, have the chance to take part in a landmark £252million construction project.

Viridor, one of the UK’s largest recycling and renewable energy companies, is building a state-of-the-art Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) in Avonmouth. The firm has taken on contractors CNIM S.A. and Clugston Construction Ltd to build the new facility and they will be looking to engage with local firms interested in playing a role in the three year construction project.

Scheduled to be operational in 2020 the ERF will transform non-recyclable household and business waste from the West of England into enough energy to power 44,000 homes. During the construction phase around 600 tradespeople and suppliers will be needed.

A meet-the-buyer event is being held at the Bristol Golf Club on Wednesday 12th July, between 10AM and 2PM.

The event will be an opportunity for businesses to find out how they can become involved. Trades and skills required for the project will include aggregate suppliers, timber suppliers, metal-workers, scaffolders, electrical contractors, hoteliers, landscapers, cleaning specialists and security operatives.

Alan Cumming, Director of Capital Projects for Viridor, said: “We are delighted to be starting construction at the Avonmouth ERF.

“Once operational the facility will provide a vital landfill diversion service for the South West of England and generate enough energy for around 44,000 homes.

“Across the UK we have focused on working with local businesses whilst our sites are under construction. This meet the buyer event will enable businesses in Bristol to learn more about how they can become involved and benefit through the project. There will also be opportunities for skilled local people, including today’s schoolchildren and college students, to contribute during the 25-year operation of the facility.”

James Durie, executive director of Business West and chief executive of Bristol Chamber & West of England Initiative, added: “Business West is pleased to welcome this major infrastructure project to Bristol and Avonmouth.

“Being able to generate energy from the waste we throw away is an important step in becoming more sustainable as a region. I would encourage any business or contractor who might have the right skills or services to support the Energy Recovery Facility project to attend the event and find out more.”

For more information about the event or to register for a meeting with a member of the team, please contact

Notes to Editor:

  • Materials testing.
  • Roller shutters.
  • Highway works.
  • White lining.
  • Aggregate suppliers.
  • Formwork/Shuttering.
  • Drainage CCTV/Cleaning.
  • Blinds.
  • Specialist joinery, such as reception desks etc.
  • Hotels/B&Bs.
  • Landscaping.

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