WRAP (the Waste & Resources Action Programme)

Reducing and recycling plasterboard waste on a site where space is a constraint


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Developments in major city centres can often have space constraints, which limit the space available for material delivery, on site construction and waste collection. Due to the location there can also be increased demands for
efficient transportation of materials and waste.  Early consideration of plasterboard waste prevention, minimisation and management can contribute to efficient site management, provide cost and time savings and improve environmental performance. This can include design to minimise plasterboard waste, developing methods for efficient material handling (such as undertaking board cutting activity off-site) and the effective segregation of waste and its collection to maximise the recycling of the waste generated.

New Street Square is a typical city centre development. It is a £200m project in the City of London, which occupies a
prominent site on New Fetter Lane, EC4. The development will replace an assortment of 1960s buildings with cutting-edge sustainable architecture and has achieved an ‘Excellent’ Design and Procurement BREEAM rating for all four major buildings. The buildings (A – D) range from 19 storeys to 6 storeys. Office accommodation totals 65,513 m² and will house both large and small businesses. There will also be a mix of small shops and cafes on the ground floor.

The project started in June 2005 and final completion is scheduled for April 2008.  Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd is the main contractor and is working with MPG Contracts Ltd which undertake the dry lining and plasterboard installation and PBRUK Ltd which collects and recycles any plasterboard waste generated.  These three companies have collectively worked together to successfully minimise the amount of plasterboard waste generated and maximise the amount recycled on this project.

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