Construction has recently been completed on an Anaerobic Digestor plant that will be the first of its kind in the UK. Food waste is now processed to produce bio-gas and a digestate that can be used as a soil conditioner. The gas is processed through a series of combined heat and power units producing electricity and heat. Enough electricity will be provided to supply the needs of the equivalent of 2,000 housing units whilst enough heat will be provided for up to 750 homes. The facility will potentially reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill by up to 30,000 tonnes per annum.
The main Reception Hall, visitor centre and offices have been designed with a straw bale construction within laminated timber cassettes, rendered with lime wash. The green, saddle roofs will be planted as a 28mm sedum blanket.