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Cornish energy recovery centre joins campaign

An energy recovery project in St Dennis, Cornwall, has joined the ICE’s This is Civil Engineering campaign - an initiative aimed to increase the public’s awareness of civil engineering and its role in society.

The initiative, first rolled out by ICE Wales in March 2012, involves display banners and signboards at civil engineering sites during a project’s construction phase and on its completion.

It has since gathered momentum right across the UK. The banners feature a quick response code, which links to a web page giving more information about the campaign and about civil engineering as a career.

The Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre is the latest project to join the campaign. The centre is scheduled for completion in 2016 and will deal with up to 240,000t of non-recycled residual waste every year, diverting it from landfill.

As a combined heat and power facility, it will generate around 16MW of electricity. This is enough to power 21,000 homes, and heat will be available to export from the centre for local industrial processes.

“The Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre is a large scale infrastructure project that will play a crucial role in disposing of Cornwall’s residual waste. We are proud of the work being done here and being part of this new campaign by ICE is a privilege,” said Richard Watkins, construction manager forVinci Environment UK, which is building the facility.

“It highlights what civil engineering is, communicating to the public and young budding engineers the important work that is taking place and the wide variety of projects that fall under the same banner of civil engineering.”

ICE South West regional director Trish Johnson added: “This is Civil Engineering promotes the contribution of civil engineering to society and we are proud to be launching the campaign within our region.

“We also have a number of other interested sites in the pipeline across the region, which will also help us to highlight the diversity of civil engineering to the general public.”

Other sites in the South West also displaying the banners and signage include the Kingskerswell bypass/South Devon link road, Plymouth energy from waste scheme, the Royal Albert Bridge and the B3193 Chudleigh Road in Devon.

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