Work underway at Coventry’s new Materials Recycling Facility site

Construction is well underway at Sherbourne Recycling’s site in Coventry where Clegg Group have begun work on the 175,000 tonnes per annum state-of-the-art materials recycling facility (MRF).

Civils Works
Clegg Group who were awarded the design and build contract in April 2021, began to develop the former allotment site in the centre of Coventry back in May.

John Moxon, Business Development Director at Clegg Group, said: “We’ve just started our fourth month on site and works are going well. We have moved more than 30,000 cubic metres of earth, and of this almost 13,000 cubic metres of rock has been crushed and graded to be used on site.

“We’re keen to make this project as sustainable as possible, so no earth work material has, so far, been taken off site or sent to landfill. Also, where possible we’re using local subcontractors to minimise travel miles and support the local economy as well as lower our overall carbon footprint on site.”
Grant McKelvie, who worked as Project Director on behalf of the Sherbourne Recycling, said ‘’It’s great to see the site starting to take shape after all the hard work over the last few years to get this project off the ground’’.

Pictured above left to right - Greg Pardowski, Technical and Operations Manager Sherbourne Recycling, Ian Smith Business Development Manager UK Machinex, Grant McKelvie, Commercial Business Director Coventry City Council

Clegg will be on site until Summer 2022, at which time the process equipment will begin to arrive on site for installation ahead of commissioning.

State-of-the-art facility
Described by Machinex as a MRF of the future, the facility will be the first of its kind to use Artificial Intelligence (AI) at the core of its system to allow real-time interconnectivity between the main sorting equipment.

Incorporating tried and tested technology and sorting principles (trommels, ballistic separators and optical sorters), Machinex’s AI system will provide a final level of quality control that will ensure the facility produces high quality outputs, targeting UK markets. The AI will allow the robots to learn as they go reacting to changes in consumer habits and legislation, whilst also guaranteeing consistency, as robots don’t tire!

As construction work is underway in Coventry, Machinex’s design team have been progressing detailed designs, finalising material flows and optimising the arrangement of machinery and access structures within the building envelope.

As we progress into Autumn the focus will shift to a series of detailed safety and maintenance studies, supported by Sherbourne Recycling and Wardell Armstrong.

Wardell Armstrong were appointed as the Owners Engineer to oversee the site construction and have been engaged in the project since 2017.  ‘’This has been a really great project to be involved in from the start. Being able to capture the valuable experience of all project stakeholders will ensure the success of the final delivered facility’’ said Ali Kemp from Wardell Armstrong.

Once satisfied with the final design Machinex will begin the manufacture of equipment early in 2022, with the first pieces due to arrive on site in July.

Sherbourne Recycling
Sherbourne Recycling was established in April 2021 for the purpose of operating and maintaining the new regional materials recycling facility on behalf of its eight local authority Shareholders, made up of Coventry, North Warwickshire, Nuneaton and Bedworth, Rugby, Solihull, Stratford, Walsall and Warwick.

The Partners are expected to collect around 120,000 tonnes of dry mixed recycling in year one of operations, with additional capacity expected to be filled through third party contracts, as well as potentially other local authorities across the Midlands.

Sherbourne Recycling Technical and Operations Manager, Greg Paradowski said: ‘’Following the commencement of works in Coventry we are actively engaged with the market for waste supply and recyclate offtake contracts, it’s been great to see so much interest in what we are doing.’’

The site received planning permission from Coventry City Council in January 2021. Construction and commissioning is expected to take 2 years, with the site fully operational by the Summer 2023.

“Building this facility will allow Partners to acquire a state-of-the-art treatment facility that will offer a sustainable solution for recyclable household waste produced in the region,” said Richard Dobbs, acting Managing Director of Sherbourne Recycling.