Axis has secured planning permission for the redevelopment of a major waste recycling facility in Birmingham ahead of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
The Perry Barr household waste recycling centre and waste transfer station will undergo a complete makeover to improve safety on site and enhance the local community and environment ahead of the upcoming Commonwealth Games.
Operated by Veolia Environmental Services on behalf of Birmingham City Council, the site on Holford Drive is more than 60 years old and includes a 30m tall former incinerator building, which was retrofitted as a waste transfer station some years ago.
The redevelopment is designed to vastly improve the appearance of the site, which is currently dominated by the large concrete incinerator building, and to introduce new modern buildings that are fit for purpose and more in-keeping with the surroundings.
A modern makeover
The layout of the recycling centre has been redesigned to offer an enhanced recycling experience for Birmingham residents visiting the facility, with improved parking and a safer experience via a split level design.
Creating a split-level facility removes the need for visitors to climb steps to offload waste into containers, improving health and safety for visiting members of the public. The revised layout also means more vehicles can access the site at the same time, reducing queues off the public highway.
A new site entrance for the household waste recycling centre will separate waste lorries from private vehicles and improved operational efficiency means residents will have more opportunity to recycle while spending less time on site.
New structures to be added as part of the redevelopment include a new 99 metre-long waste transfer station, open air skips for different types of waste and a main office and welfare building with more facilities.
Attractive planting will be introduced at the site entrance and trees will be erected along the site boundary to enhance the development’s aesthetic appeal.
The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games
Perry Barr will host the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and as such, is currently a focus of significant investment and redevelopment.
As environmental planning experts, we were delighted to act as project managers providing planning, landscape and transport support for this development, which will greatly improve the appearance of the local area in advance of the Commonwealth Games.
The construction programme, which began in summer 2021, is scheduled to last for approximately 80 weeks.
David Adams, Director at Axis, said: “The Perry Barr redevelopment is a great example of what we at Axis do on a day-to-day basis: bring forward essential projects that improve the local environment, provide essential services to the public and help generate inward investment for our clients and the wider community.
“The improvements this development will deliver will be significant to the local community and will enhance the appearance of the area for locals and for those visiting Perry Barr for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.”