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Urban village project benefits from recycling

What used to be Burtonwood Air Base, originally a World War II aerodrome and then a US airbase for materials storage on the outskirts of Warrington, is being turned into an ‘urban village’ by David Wilson Homes North West.

The 88ha site is being subjected to a total renewal programme with approximately 2,000 dwellings of all types being built. A village centre for shopping and other services, a school, health centre and recreational facilities are also planned for construction; there is also provision for a proposed railway station. A comprehensive sports area, designated Dakota Park, will provide residents with football pitches, bowling greens and other sporting facilities, as well as a central pavilion.

David Wilson have already been on site for around two years, demolishing the old buildings and runways and undertaking groundworks to provide a completely new infrastructure for the development, which is now known as Chapelford urban village. The total project will take around 10 years to complete.

Wherever possible David Wilson have used local materials, and from the considerable amount of C&D waste available from the original airbase structures, careful and extensive use is being made of on-site recycled materials.

For the recycling, reclamation and stockpiling of the debris, David Wilson brought in Preston-based Lancashire Crushing and Recycling Ltd who supplied a range of mobile crushers with skilled operators, screening plants and supporting materials handlers to carry out the work. All the crushers and screens brought on to site were recent additions to their growing fleet  purchased from Blue Machinery plc of Warrington.

Two OM jaw crushers and Powerscreen Warrior and Chieftain screening plants were used for processing, separating and stockpiling the large volumes of C&D raw materials. In order to produce reusable materials of the quality required for use on haul roads, pipeline bedding, road sub-base etc, the raw materials were crushed where necessary and then screened into separate stockpiles. All recycled materials were subjected to quality testing to ensure that the required standards were fully met.

David Wilson have divided the project into 10 phases and are currently working on phase three. Groundworks and land preparation are largely finished and in excess of 100 dwellings have already been completed.

Blue Machinery plc, Appleton Thorn Trading Estate, Appleton Thorn, Warrington, Cheshire WA4 4SN; tel: (0845) 230 4460; fax: (0845) 658 2314.


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