By Daniel Hunter
The Mayor Boris Johnson has announced £30 million of investment is being ploughed into the London Sustainable Industries Park, including the capital's first organic waste recycling facility, supporting his aim to create over 1,200 jobs at the site. The Park in Dagenham is on land owned by the Mayor's office and aims to be the largest of its kind in the UK.
The new investment includes a £21 million anaerobic digestion waste recycling facility to be built and run by the TEG Group. It is one of the first sign-ups to what is London’s first business park for the growing number of low carbon industries. The Mayor has committed £10.3 million for a works programme which is transforming a disused brownfield site into a thriving new business quarter to attract up to 750 jobs and 500 construction jobs. The project represents another step in the Mayor's aim to using public land to create employment opportunities and economic growth.
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, renewable 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.
"This exciting new project is set to bring hundreds of much needed new jobs into Dagenham, an area that has suffered from a decline in traditional industries," The Mayor Boris Johnson said.
"I am investing more than £10million into this site owned by City Hall to create a vibrant new destination for innovative businesses. Low carbon industries represent a growth market, which will support a new generation of jobs for Londoners but also bring cleaner, energy efficient businesses that contribute to a better quality of life. So I am delighted to welcome our new tenants the TEG Group."
The TEG Group waste plant has been part-funded by Foresight Environmental Fund, part of the Mayor’s London Green Fund, which aims to provide financing for low carbon infrastructure across London. It is also supported by the London Waste and Recycling Board. This innovative facility will divert over 49,000 tonnes of food waste from costly land fill each year creating renewable heating and power for use on the site.
"We are very pleased to be one of the first companies to come to the Mayor's new London Sustainable Industries Park," Mick Fishwick, CEO of The TEG Group, said.
"This is our first major plant in the South East and the first anaerobic digestion development facility to be created within the M25. This is set to be a flagship operation for TEG and will provide a facility to recycle London's organic food and green waste."
The Mayor also 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 197,000 sqft building on a 8.3 acre site, with construction planned to begin in January 2013.
The first phase of infrastructure works at the London Sustainable Industries Park will provide the amenities to support businesses locating to the site. A £4.5m contract has been awarded to VolkerFitzpatrick to install roads, footpaths and cycle ways, utilities, drainage and landscaping. This is expected to complete in February 2013.
The London Sustainable Industries Park has been developed in collaboration with Barking and Dagenham council.
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