Materials Recovery Centre, Merseyside
RPS provided detailed designs for this flagship 7,000m2 Materials Recovery Facility which houses complex process equipment for the sorting and recovery of dry recyclables including glass, plastic bottles, cardboard, cans and paper.
The building was designed to meet DEFRA's guidelines for major waste management facilities.
The exterior reflects the industrial nature of the building in the architect's specification of its distinctive palette, with particular attention paid to the striking feature roof with 8m overhangs. However, natural light is maximised inside by the use of Reglit glass installed around its perimeter.
The building realised an 'Excellent' BREEAM rating and has a number of A+ rated BRE materials on the external envelope, including cedar timber cladding, whilst stringent noise restrictions are mitigated with enhanced acoustic detailing and insulation.
The client's brief included an integrated Visitor and Education Centre located inside the building on a dedicated elevated and enclosed viewing gallery around the internal perimeter walls. This affords an uninterrupted view of the recycling machines below.