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Walker Morris advises AWM on major waste contract for Bradford

New facility will turn Bradford’s waste into energy for 28,000 homes

Specialist energy and waste lawyers at Walker Morris have advised Associated Waste Management (AWM) on a major milestone in Bradford Council’s waste treatment service.

A 12-year contract for waste treatment will be officially signed on Thursday (21 September) by representatives of the Council and Associated Waste Management as its waste treatment partner.

The company was chosen as the preferred bidder for the contract following the outcome of a detailed analysis and evaluation process.

It will see Bradford’s 150,000 tonnes per year residual waste treated mainly at a newly commissioned waste treatment facility in south Leeds, which will produce additional recyclables as part of preparing the waste for export to off site thermal treatment to generate electricity.

A significant portion of thermal treatment capacity, currently being developed by energy company SSE at their Ferrybridge facility, has been reserved for this purpose.

The proposal will provide a fully integrated solution for Bradford’s residual waste, incorporating the latest environmentally-friendly technology to recover recyclables from the waste stream and recover energy by generating electricity using the remaining waste.

Energy generated from Bradford’s residual waste will be fed in the power grid, which could be enough to power around 28,000 homes.

Walker Morris lawyers supported the AWM bid team on all aspects of the procurement and dialogue process including contract negotiations and employment advice.

Ben Sheppard, partner who led the team at Walker Morris, commented:

“We are delighted to have worked with AWM on this exciting project which will contribute greatly to efficiency and environmental benefits to both Bradford council and its citizens as well as the region as a whole. As specialists in energy, waste and low-carbon projects for clients across the UK and beyond, it is always pleasing to be involved in the delivery of projects that promise deliver tangible benefits to people and the environment.”

Coun Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Environment and Sport, said:

“We are delighted to be signing this contract with Associated Waste Management.

“This solution will secure a method of treating the residual waste from Bradford for the next 12 years with an option for a further three years.

“The process will lead to an increase in recycling rates as well as a high level of diversion from landfill.”

Tim Shapcott who led the AWM bid team, along with advisors Craig Pember of Roamine Advisory, Ben Sheppard of Walker Morris and Ruth Hann of PWC said:

“Signing this contract demonstrates our dedication to provide Bradford Council with a market leading solution to treating the district’s waste.

“Our purpose-built facility, designed and project managed by John Brooksbank (MD) is already delivering sustainable waste solutions. On behalf of the whole team at AWM, John is delighted to be signing the contract and continuing our relationship with Bradford.”

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