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24/7 Recycling Centre

By 7th September 2015Case Studies, Utilities

The William Tracey Group is one of the UK’s leading recycling and resource management companies, offering a full range of environmental services.

Courtesy of a long-standing working relationship with Hardies Property & Construction Consultants, they approached Arthur McKay to take on the role of Principal Contractor to deliver a new 24/7 recycling facility for William Tracey.



Arthur McKay was appointed to carry out alterations to a disused warehouse facility to create a new 61,177 sq ft recycling centre at the Newbridge Industrial Estate.  The existing accommodation and warehouse needed to be completely re-configured, along with the design and install of mechanical, electrical & data services, external power and civils work.

Additionally, the two-storey office building and warehouse staff facilities were refurbished to add air- conditioning; the latter being positively pressurised to reduce the ingress of odours and dust.




As William Tracey had already sold their existing premises, timescales on this project were tight and there was no flexibility in the handover date. The client was pre-committed to a move in date, dictated by when they had to vacate and complete the transfer from their existing premises.

Being Principal Contractor, Arthur McKay was responsible for site set up and the Construction Phase Health and Safety Plan, ensuring that all parties involved were aware of the site rules, welfare requirements, traffic management routes, sequencing of works and that all works were completed without incident.  The new site was very restrictive in its layout and so, initial works involved Arthur McKay’s small works project team altering ground levels and building new concrete yards, roads and replacement drainage, to accommodate the heavy transport loads utilising the recycling centre.



In addition to being employed as the services installer, Arthur McKay was also responsible for the services design for heating, ventilation, water services, drainage, electrical distribution, general & emergency lighting, fire & security, ICT and containment systems. Given the nature of the facility, the team installed a heat detection fire alarm system (rather than smoke) in the main warehouse due to the amount of dust generated through normal waste segregation and recycling activities.

Due to the early involvement of Arthur McKay’s in-house design team, at pre-construction phase, the client benefited from significant value engineering savings, totalling approx. 4% of the contract value, alongside other innovative solutions.



This project was a challenging 12-week programme from contract start to handover. Therefore, it was essential that Arthur McKay’s Project Manager mobilised the site quickly and secured quick decisions on material variations, when the need arose.  This is where having an experienced self-delivery team really paid off; expediting the handover on time and on budget, to meet this challenging handover deadline.


“Arthur McKay provided a professional service from the initial concept stages, through the detailed design and construction phases.  They performed very well, handing over on time and within budget; much to the client’s satisfaction.”

Stewart Arbuckle, Senior Associate, Hardies Property & Construction Consultants


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