At an official opening ceremony yesterday (Monday May 16), Councilor James Lewis, Leader of Leeds City Council, opened Newmarket House, the new home of the city’s rubbish and street cleaning services.
The new facility will provide a modern and scalable operational base for the city’s refuse and street cleaning service, the second largest council-run refuse service in the UK.
Bringing together the city’s garbage department under one roof, the facility will house approximately 130 operational vehicles and frontline staff who will empty the city’s wheelie bins and help keep streets and neighborhoods clean.
The Newmarket house is located next to the Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility (RERF) and will enable the council to design and operate more efficient collection routes, reducing costs as well as carbon footprint household waste in Leeds.
The facility’s infrastructure has also been future-proofed to enable the adaptation of green refueling options for garbage wagons as technology and fuels change, with the first 20 electric charging points installed to garbage wagons and 22 other charging points for the van service fleet. The facility has also been developed with the capability to further convert all bays to electric power, hydrogen or biofuel in the future.
Newmarket House represents a significant commitment from Leeds City Council to support more efficient ways of working; investing in staff who have worked tirelessly during the pandemic and providing Leeds residents with a more efficient and greener service. The installation was successfully delivered on time and within budget by Leeds City Council and KIER Group, despite the continued impact of COVID-19 on building projects across the UK.
Supporting the council’s statement on the climate emergency and the need to reduce its carbon footprint has been a key driver in the design and development of Newmarket House. The building allows the service to reduce its carbon footprint by 128 tonnes of CO 2 each year.
A sustainable approach was maintained throughout the design, construction and production of the depot, from the use of LED lights to the use of 50% recycled content, all concrete used on site, and the installation of solar panels which will generate more than 63 KW. per hour, allowing the board to export excess energy to the grid.
Councilor Mohammed Rafique, Executive Member for Environment and Housing, said: “It is fantastic that we can celebrate the opening of Newmarket House and the depot facilities which will make a significant difference to the town’s environmental services. The service operates around the clock to meet the needs of the people of Leeds, so it is fantastic that we can provide a brand new depot to ensure the service can continue to do so in the future.
“The council recognizes the importance of tackling the climate emergency head on and Newmarket House is a great example of the public sector’s ability to lead the way.
“Throughout the depot there are innovative solutions to reduce our carbon footprint and the site is laying the foundation for expanding the electrification of our fleet. I look forward to seeing the impact this depot will have on service. and the people of Leeds.”
Dan Doherty, regional manager for Kier Construction North & Scotland said“Partnering with Leeds City Council to help them achieve their sustainability goals and support them on their journey to net zero has been a real highlight and we are incredibly proud to have built one of ‘ Leeds’ greenest buildings.
“Working with our supply chain, our team has done everything possible to build Newmarket House in a sustainable way, from crushing and recycling concrete on site, to reducing waste at landfill, to replacing diesel in the machines with HVO fuel, the team identified many opportunities to reduce CO2 emissions and our carbon footprint.
“This project had the added benefit of being just five miles from our regional office in Leeds making it a truly local project and we also focused on social sustainability by providing many jobs, skills and activities of CSR which contributed to a fantastic Caring Builders score of 45/45.