Double honours for Wakefield Waste PFI in Partnership Awards

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Wakefield Waste PFI shortlisted in two categories at national awards.

Wakefield Waste PFI has been shortlisted for the ‘Best Waste/Energy/Water Project’ and for ‘Best Project Team’ in this year’s national Partnership Awards.  Judged by key figures involved in private public partnerships, these awards are recognised as the highest accolade in the industry.

The nominations were in recognition of best practice in bringing the £750 million highly complex waste management project through to successful completion last year.  The 25-year contract will transform the way Wakefield’s future waste will be managed and has provided jobs and investment in the area.

The energy efficient solution was successful in securing £33 million in Waste Infrastructure Credits and was the first major project to receive funding from the new Green Investment Bank. The highly innovative solution will utilises a wide range of technologies to maximise the Council’s ability to divert from landfill, including a new waste treatment plant at South Kirkby, which will be completely energy-sufficient.

Head of Commercial at Walker Morris said:

“The successful completion of the project was testament to the team working and communication between Shanks and the Council’s in-house legal team, technical operation team and its external advisers (Walker Morris, AMEC and PwC).  The standard of the entries for these awards is extremely high, attracting national and international nominations across a range of industries so it is a great accolade to be shortlisted.”

Cllr Maureen Cummings, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment and Communities, commented:

 “I am delighted we have been shortlisted for these prestigious national awards.  The shortlisting recognises the excellent work we have done to achieve an effective partnership to deliver waste management in the Wakefield district, safeguarding the environment by sending less waste to landfill and creating an energy-efficient new waste treatment plant.  It has taken a lot of hand work to get to this stage and being shortlisted in the PFI Partnership Awards is a huge achievement for everyone involved.”

Peter Eglinton, Managing Director of Shanks UK added:

“We’re delighted that the Wakefield project has been shortlisted for these awards. Our technology will help make more from waste in the District by increasing recycling, generating green energy and producing compost for land remediation and use by residents; creating a genuinely sustainable solution.”

Winners will be announced at the awards dinner on 5 June 2014 at the Park Plaza Hotel, London.

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