Multi-Disciplinary approach secures Major Waste Facility expansion in Kildare
CLIENT: Wilton Scrap Metals
Date: Mar 2021
Wilton Scrap Metals is a family-run company which initially focused on skip hire, before seamlessly transitioning to scrap metal recycling. Over the years, they have moved into a wider range of waste management and refined recycling services and one of their primary facilities is a 2.1 hectare waste processing and transfer station based in Naas, Co. Kildare.
For their facility in Naas, the company wanted to expand their business in terms of capacity and operations. This expansion would include the planning and design for additional waste processing sheds and associated infrastructure – which would also require planning and subsequent permit approval.
Given the nature of the site and their industry, the planning application had to be supported by an EIAR. Wilton needed a specialist consultant with a combination of both engineering and environmental expertise who could provide an end-to-end, holistic solution. From planning and environmental to structural and civil engineering, Boylan Consulting had the expertise to deliver a successful outcome and we were awarded the contract.
This proposed development would have to deliver on many different levels. It would have to meet the client’s needs in terms of practicality and be built within the budget set. It would also have to be environmentally compliant – and most of all the proposed development needed to be to the standard that would secure planning approval.
From experience, we knew our first task was to understand the initial project needs and scope out the project. We needed to develop it into a more structured project brief. It was also crucial at an early stage to liaise with the local authority and understand the project requirements from their perspective, establish what they need to see, and what level of detail was required.
Once we had drafted a comprehensive plan of the project, we subsequently expanded the project scope to include all facets of environmental, engineering, and planning considerations. The public consultation process was undertaken before the array of specialist environmental reports were concluded. We then developed the application drawings and created structural designs of the proposed sheds. The civil design aspect involved storm-water drainage and treatment infrastructure. Our environmental work focussed on the preparation of EIAR and associated planning application.
Wilton Scrap Metals Limited was awarded planning for the project in October 2020 and thanks to the additional capacity, they were able to grow their business as forecasted. On receipt of planning, our team also completed the Fire Safety Certificates and having accepted the role of ‘Assigned Certifier’, we uploaded the commencement notice onto the BCMS (Building Control Management System).Construction began in April 2021.