Bureau Veritas has scooped an award for a ground breaking project that deals with large amounts of waste.
The consulting engineer at the Geohazard Assessment and Landfill Engineering at Hyde Farm Landfill project triumphed in the environmental category at the Institution of Civil Engineers
Thames Valley Branch Engineering Excellence Awards.
The Buckinghamshire site accepts domestic waste and is being developed on a cell by cell basis with 11 cells in total.
It is operated on the principle of engineered waste containment comprising low permeability basal, perimeter and capping seals with the facilities for the management of landfill leachate and landfill gas and is operated by Veolia Environmental Services.
Bureau Veritas principal engineer Jamie Parkinson said: The award recognises the innovative techniques developed by Bureau Veritas in conjunction with Keller Ground Engineering to investigate and treat the dissolution features at Hyde Farm.
No similar project on the same scale has ever been attempted in the UK. Over a five year period, we have consistently ensured the safe delivery of waste containment cells to Veolia in exceptionally difficult ground conditions and with full regulatory approval.
Since 2001, five landfill cells have been developed following detailed site investigation, ground improvement, containment construction and restoration.
The team at Bureau Veritas has also worked closely with the Environment Agency and Keller Ground Engineering to develop a strategy for constructing landfill cells in an area of difficult chalk geology containing dissolution features above a major aquifer.
By demonstrating that any risk to groundwater is reduced to the absolute minimum, the team has succeeded in meeting the needs of the client and the environmental protection authority.