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Belfast firm to construct £39m modern recycling hub outside Bristol by 2023


Digital rendering of the recycling hub

Digital rendering of the recycling hub

Councillor David Wood, Glenn Gilmore, regional director, Farrans, Councillor Kevin Guy and Clare Taylor, contracts manager at Farrans

Councillor David Wood, Glenn Gilmore, regional director, Farrans, Councillor Kevin Guy and Clare Taylor, contracts manager at Farrans


Digital rendering of the recycling hub

A Belfast-based construction firm has won a £39m contract to deliver a modern recycling hub in Keynsham, outside Bristol.

The project, which is now live, is one of the UK’s most modern recycling centres. It will offer a range of services that will allow users to help reduce general waste.

It will also be built to reduce operational costs as part of Bath & North East Somerset Council’s sustainability drive.

Among the facilities in the four-hectare site, which is around the size of nine football pitches, will be a reuse shop for people to donate items for reuse and resale, an MOT centre, and an education centre.

A completion date expected in late 2023.

Glenn Gilmore, regional director at Farrans, which has a base in Dunmurry, said: “In line with the council's climate and ecological emergency declarations and policy aims, the Keynsham Recycling Hub project will integrate many sustainability measures including on-site renewable energy generation. We are pleased to be growing our logistics and waste management portfolio in England.

“Farrans bring a strong organisational approach to responsibly managing our environmental footprint across site operations and value chain. This project will see the delivery of new innovative methods providing a high quality environmentally friendly solution to the Council’s asset.”

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He said the company would deliver an “impactful programme” of social value and community engagement partnership.

“We believe it is important to develop and support a skilled workforce on site and build the skills capacity of the construction sector of the future leaving a lasting legacy in the heart of the communities that we work in.”

Councillor David Wood, cabinet member for Neighbourhood Services in the area, said: “I’ve been along to meet the teams working on this project and I am very pleased to see the progress made on site. Keynsham Recycling Hub is an ambitious project which includes a raft of innovative measures that will help us to tackle the climate and ecological emergencies.

“It will be transformational, expanding public recycling provision while future-proofing our service and meeting the need for household waste and recycling and kerbside collections now and in the future. I’m looking forward to coming back and seeing the construction progress.”

More locally, Farrans has been behind projects including Bangor Aurora’s leisureplex, Altnagelvin Hospital and City Quays 3.

Farrans Construction, a CRH company, is one of NI’s leading building and civil engineering contractors with over 80 years’ experience of delivering  projects across the UK and Ireland.

The company employs 550 people across its offices in London, Cambridge, Edinburgh and Belfast with further site offices connecting its regional network.