Case Study - Recycling Programme


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Jobsite: Peterborough Hospital
8,000m² or 32 tonnes saved from landfill
Architect: Nightingale Associates
Main Contractor: Brookfield Europe
Omega Contractor: Roskel Contracts
Case Study
The new 95,000m² Peterborough City Hospital comprises the acute hospital and a 98-bed mental health unit on the site of the Edith Cavell Hospital (ECH), and a 39-bed City Care Centre on the former Peterborough District Hospital (PDH) site. Both ECH and PDH remained operational throughout their respective builds.

The logistics of running this recycling project proved particularly challenging because of the large number of relatively small rooms – a total of 4,500 different rooms, each of which required three handovers (after the initial trim, installation of the ceiling grid and service tiles, and then finally, the tiles themselves). This totalled 13,500 handover processes, approximately one every 15 minutes, although this was fine-tuned down to blocks of rooms.

"Green Omega Contractor, Roskel’s team of up to 40 men filled wheelie bins with pre-sized bags inside, which when full, were wheeled round to a secure facility. When this was full, the contents would be removed by articulated truck to Armstrong’s plant in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, where they were recycled. David Wilson of Roskel Contracts said: “We preferred to win this with UK-manufactured stocked material to give us security of availability. The supply was well coordinated and the quality of the tiles and grid were consistent as usual. We have been very happy with the overall concept and methodology.” Chris Fairhall, procurement manager for Brookfield Construction UK, said they had spoken to a number of ceiling manufacturers about recycling but none could match the Armstrong offer. “The performance of a product needs to first meet the specification and our contractual obligations, then it needs to be competitively priced. Being able to recycle it is an added benefit but recycling is an important factor as the environment and sustainability is driving more and more projects,” he said.