Welsh Firm Outlines Ambitious Waste Plan for £12m Deal


A low-energy industrial development in Wales is being driven by strict waste management policies by the contractor.  

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by Rory ButlerNovember 17, 2022

Andrew Scott will lead on delivering the Cross Hands East Strategic Employment Site, a mixed-commercial and industrial build in Carmarthenshire, valued at £12 million. 

While on site, the Welsh contractor has firm targets to manage waste and streamline construction processes. 

Inside the deal: The Welsh Government, Active Building Centre, and the County Council is building 32,500 sq ft of offices, light industrial and hybrid spaces across three structures. 

The aim: 

  • Self-generating electricity using on-site renewables 
  • Reduced running costs  
  • Net-zero carbon in-use standard 

The Welsh Government is investing £5.9 million in the scheme, with an additional £3.25 million from the European Regional Development Fund. 

To counter its environmental impact, Andrew Scott has published its on-site waste management approach to illustrate resource efficiency and sustainable procurement processes. 

The Cross Hands site is an “excellent example” of waste management in practice, the firm said. 

Waste targets: 

  • Ongoing carbon monitoring   
  • 95% total waste diverted from landfill   
  • 100% excavation waste recycled 
  • No single-use plastics on site 
  • Segregated skips and bins 
  • Use of BIM for clash detection 
  • Use of a prefab framing system 
  • Coordinated and pre-cut ply  
  • Cladding and panels pre-cut off site 

To date, more than 1,630 tonnes of excavation waste has been recycled and reused at the Cross Hands site as drainage and engineering fill material. 

“All our sites implement Site Waste Management Plans, Waste Stream Assessments and ensure we maximise the reuse of site won and recycled materials,” said the firm.  

“Over the last three years we have achieved 93% waste diverted from landfill and commit to increase this to 97% over the next three years. 

“This new mixed-commercial and industrial development […] is being delivered to meet the RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge for operational energy target and is a low-carbon exemplar project.” 

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