VALUE: £2.5 million

Duration: 25 weeks

Barnfield were contracted on a traditional JCT contract basis to convert the existing 200,000 sq ft industrial unit shell into a state of the art material recycling facility.

The works included the erection of in excess of 350m of 5m high concrete push walls inside the unit lined at the base with steel plates. To facilitate the equipment being installed, 2 intermediate columns had to be removed and replaced with extra lattice beams at roof level weighing in excess of 13 tonne, a delicate procedure that was carried out with precision. Extra piles were inserted to take up the addition loads imposed on the remaining columns.

The office accommodation attached to the warehouse had to be converted to house showers, kitchen and locker rooms for the operatives.


• During the closing stages of the project, access was granted to German engineers appointed directly by Biffa to assemble the specialised equipment necessary to allow Biffa to operate. The integration of both contractors work was a complex operation but was completed without any issues

• Despite extensive variations, the project was completed in front of programme

Following on from the success at Trafford Park, Barnfield have secured a further contract for Biffa which involves constructing a £2.5million new build waste transfer station in St Helens.