What is your product?
Modulo Béton’s modular, pre-cast concrete units specifically designed for the rapid and cost-effective construction of split-level Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs), with unique and innovative under-platform additional storage area.
How does it work?
The modules are shaped and placed as an inverted “U”. From the outside this creates a raised platform, typically 2.2m high, which is the split-level element of the HWRC. From below, the void space created by the modules provides extensive and valuable additional storage capacity for the site operator.
Where would it ideally be used?
The fact that the system is modular means that, within reason the product can be used anywhere, subject to space confines and ground bearing capacity. Modulo Béton HWRCs can be used to create HWRCs with as few as one bulk container accessed from the raised platform to 20 or more, depending on the size or shape of site available.
How is it different?
The product is patented, allowing single-source procurement by local authorities, and it is innovative in that it offers extensive under-platform storage capacity. Its natural competitor would be a ‘traditional-built’ split-level HWRC. As Modulo Béton’s units are precast in a controlled environment many of the risks associated with time and weather can be avoided in comparison to a cast in situ alternative.
What benefits does it offer?
A Modulo Béton HWRC is a cost-effective and rapid way to build a “best practice”, split-level HWRC. Following fabrication of the modules, installation typically takes less than a week. A further advantage is the under-platform storage capacity that gives a Modulo Béton HWRC in-built “future-proofing”, which allows additional material streams to be accommodated and managed as markets and legislation requires.
Where has it been used?
Modulo Béton HWRCs originate in France and over 150 HWRCs of varying sizes have been built there. In recent years the company has entered Scandinavia, Benelux, the Iberian peninsula, Central Europe, and now North America and Canada. An example of a Modulo Béton HWRC in the UK is at Veolia’s Southwark IWMF in the London Borough of Southwark.
To supply and install a typical, UK-style, split-level HWRC, with up to 14 bulk containers accessed off the raised platform, and with its innovative additional under-platform storage, would cost in the in the region of £450,000 and take four to six days to install.
Using a Modulo Béton solution to construct an HWRC allows savings to be made over typical in situ construction times (i.e. the Modulo Béton raised platform area can be created in four to six days as opposed to the ‘traditional’ four to six months), saving on construction prelims and overheads, and avoiding the risk of delays due to weather, and virtually eliminating site-based wastage of materials.
What about maintenance?
The units are supplied with a 10 year manufacturer’s guarantee, and maintenance requirements are minimal. Site operators are often so proud of their Modulo Béton HWRC that it can be kept looking new for many years.
What is its life span?
The design life is at least 25 – 30 years.
How is it future-proofed?
The Modulo Béton HWRC is designed to offer inherent future-proofing for the site owners or operators. Rather than forever seeking to squeeze additional material containers into the site footprint, a Modulo Béton HWRCs provides the additional, secure, storage capacity under the raised platform.
Any future applications?
The company plans to continue to enter selected international HWRC markets, to offer potential clients this innovative option for their future HWRC developments.
How many have you sold and where?
Approximately 300 Modulo Béton HWRCs already exist worldwide.
Modulo Béton work with potential clients to consider proposed sites, and then develop suitable layouts that seek to achieve the overall HWRC development objectives.