Supporting a council’s drive towards greater efficiency
Milton Keynes Council is committed to delivering an efficient, environmentally-friendly waste management service to local businesses and residents. As part of this commitment, the Council identified the need for a new waste depot next to the existing Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) at Old Wolverton. This would both save costs and reduce the Council’s carbon footprint because all refuse vehicles would deposit waste and recycling in the same area, instead of crossing Milton Keynes to deliver waste to the landfill site in Bletchley.
The main challenge was to operate within tight budget constraints while also complying with the strict demands of the Milton Keynes Policy D4 Planning Statement. In addition, we were tasked with providing the planned vehicle workshop area with a water system that would not contaminate the existing water supply.
We provided full detailed design of M&E services for the new waste depot, including lighting, power, containment, heating, domestic services, ventilation and renewable elements. The design incorporated 80 sq m of photovoltaic panels which would produce electricity for the site and ensure D4 compliance. We also designed a Category 5 water system for the workshop to eliminate any risk of contamination to the water supply.
The lower ground floor of the depot contains the lorry bays and a workshop, the ground floor houses offices and meeting rooms and the first floor has locker rooms, shower facilities, muster rooms, a kitchen/dining area as well as the main boiler plant room. Supply and Extract Heat Recovery Units are located within the ceiling voids of the ground and first floors.
The new depot is helping to fulfil the Council’s zero waste strategy by reducing costs, lowering carbon footprint and enhancing the overall efficiency of its waste management service.