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London sustainable park progress

VolkerFitzpatrick has been awarded a £4.5 million deal for the first phase on infrastructure at the London Sustainable Industries Park.

The deal is to install roads, footpaths and cycle ways, utilities, drainage and landscaping and is expected to complete in February 2013.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson announced £30 million of investment in the London Sustainable Industries Park, including the capital’s first organic waste recycling facility.

The Dagenham park is on land owned by the Mayor’s office and aims to be the largest of its kind in the UK with around 1,200 jobs, including 500 in construction, expected to be created.

The new investment includes a £21 million anaerobic digestion waste recycling facility to be built and run by the TEG Group.

The Mayor has committed £10.3 million for a works programme to transforming the disused brownfield site into a new business quarter.

The London Sustainable Industries Park has been designed to create a cluster of environmentally focused enterprises such as low-carbon energy from waste plants, innovative waste facilities and other CleanTech infrastructure (such as recycling, reneable energy, wind power, solar power, biomass). The site is already occupied by Closed Loop Recycling and will be joined by the TEG Group and other potential occupiers.

Mr Johnson revealed that the GLA is in talks with another major potential occupier to build one of the largest industrial gasification plants in the UK on the park which would take municipal and industrial waste to produce energy which unlike incineration has an overall carbon-negative footprint.

The plans for the plant would potentially see a 18,300 sq m building on an 8.3 acre site, with construction planned to begin in January 2013.