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Bison ‘Steps Up’ to energy from waste project


Bison Manufacturing Ltd, the UK’s leading precast concrete manufacturer, has supplied its market leading precast concrete stairs for the construction of a new multi-million pound renewable energy facility near Wolverhampton.

Working closely with SCWS Steel fabrications, the Bison team manufactured multiple bespoke precast stairs and landing units for installation at Staffordshire County Council’s new Energy Recovery Facility (ERF), which is being developed by Veolia Environmental Services in partnership with CNIM Clugston Staffordshire Ltd.

Bison’s fire resistant precast stairs and landings offer immediate access routes and minimal in-situ concrete, saving time and resource on site. They are suitable for use across a wide range of applications including hospitals, schools, offices, car parks, retail, multi residential developments and secure units.

Ian Burchnall, Contracts Manager at SCWS, the structural steelwork provider for the project, comments: “Having worked with Bison Manufacturing on previous projects we knew they could be relied upon to deliver high quality products to the timescales required. Their lifting hooks are particularly useful for being able to lift the products into position quickly, safely and accurately, which all helps towards the successful completion of the project.”

Mike Nelson, Commercial Manager at Bison Manufacturing, adds: “Working with SCWS from an early design stage, we utilised our manufacturing capabilities to create cost-effective, very high quality precast stairs and landings which met the project’s exact requirements. While the fact that it is a renewable energy site highlights the many sectors that our precast concrete products lend themselves to.”

One of Staffordshire County Council’s most ambitious projects to date, the Staffordshire Energy Recovery Facility will divert up to 300,000 tonnes of household waste from landfill, which cannot be recycled or composted, generating enough electricity to power 32,000 homes. It is anticipated that the construction of the facility will be completed by December 2013.