The Rookery Energy Park



The Rookery Energy Park

PBA has had a long-standing role in the development of an energy park at the Rookery clay pit in Marston Vale, Bedfordshire.

From 2008, PBA has supported the clients on their respective planning applications to restore the 90 hectare Rookery south brick pit and for the 585,000 (average) tpa Resource Recovery Facility (RRF) within it.

PBA has provided planning support, acoustics, EIA coordination, ecology, flooding, noise, transport, stakeholder engagement, geotechnical and geoenvironmental, project management, civil engineering and structural engineering services for the RRF and low level restoration scheme (LLRS) works. We've also advised on the Construction Environmental Management Plan.

The planning application was accepted by the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) in August 2010. Covanta received its Development Consent Order (DCO) from the IPC in October 2011 - the first one in the UK from the IPC.

More recently, we’ve been appointed by Watt Power Limited to support its forthcoming DCO application for a 299MWe gas fired peaking plant within the Rookery.

In 2016 PBA was commissioned by Covanta and their JV partner Veolia to assist in the delivery of Phase 1 of the LLRS being undertaken for O&H properties to enable the commencement of the construction of the Rookery EfW.

The works to date have involved the regarding of the base of the pit, winning new material from the southern enclave and construction of a new surface water drainage scheme including new attenuation pond, pumps and realigned drainage ditches. The earthworks of Phase 1 being largely completed by the end of 2017.

In addition PBA has supported Watt Power Limited for a DCO application for a gas peaking plan which will occupy part of Phase 2 of the LLRS.