'Waste to Energy' Plant

In July 2012 German waste to energy company, MVV Environment commenced work to build a ‘Waste to Energy’ plant at the Devonport Docks near Plymouth. Now operational, the facility will annually process 240,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste into energy to help power homes in the city of Plymouth.

Customer Name

Kier (Main contractor) Construction Services South West (Sub-contractor)

Project Location


This was a huge project for the local economy and one with environmental benefits with hope that the facility will divert around 200,000 tonnes of household waste from landfill each year, as well as providing an alternative option for waste from local businesses.

The site at the docks is split into north and south with the Turbine Hall constructed on the north side and the Waste Bunker and Tipping Halls built to the south. Leada Acrow became involved in the project in early 2012 working closely with Kier and the appointed sub-contractor Construction Services South West (CSSW) to create the designs to help construct the major formwork and falsework structures.

The Challenge

This was a highly complex project and the main contractor and sub-contractor were appointed following 12 months of design and the completion of pre-construction works. Due to the technical complexity and breadth of requirements, it was only suitable for a formwork and falsework supplier who could supply a complete range of product solutions covering several applications.

The Solution

This was a project where we could not only call upon our experienced design team to provide an innovative solution to the very complex nature of the project, but we could also provide equipment from the vast majority of our product range. This included the supply of Mammut Panels, KLK Climbing Formwork, Co-Planar and MEP Falsework, plus Slimlite Soldiers, Super A-Beam and STB Frames from a network of our Service Centres in Tavistock, Cardiff and Colnbrook. We were able to work alongside Kier to fulfil the criteria of buildability and cost reductions in the scheme.

The Results

Even though we were involved at a relatively early stage of the construction process, our involvement did not stop after the initial designs and delivery of equipment. Our service continued with regular visits to site, providing input to the construction of the various buildings and structures. We are very proud to have played a fundamental role in the construction of one of the most efficient ‘Waste to Energy’ plants in Europe.

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