Monday, March 14, 2016

News: St Paul's powers ahead with Wakefield regen scheme

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Rotherham-based regeneration specialist St Paul's Developments is powering ahead with a scheme to transform a 110-acre former chemical works site in Knottingley, Wakefield.

Over the last decade St Paul's has transformed in excess of 300 acres of brownfield land into flagship, job-creating schemes - most notably at Brookfield's Park in Manvers. It is based on its own development at Templeborough.

The former Oxiris chemical works site has been fully decommissioned by St. Pauls and Rotherham-based QDS Remediation has been appointed to undertake a multi-million pound programme of works which will prepare the site for the power station, to be built by Knottingley Power Ltd.

With offices at Manvers, QDS works on contaminated land remediation projects throughout UK. The earthworks and environmental contract has started on site at Knottingley and will conclude by the end of the year.

The site has been designated as a Special Policy Site by Wakefield Council which enabled St Paul's Developments to masterplan the site. In addition to the plans to develop a modern and efficient 1,500 Megawatt Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) power station, long-term plans for the extensive site include proposals to develop over 300 new homes as a natural urban extension to Knottingley. Separating the energy and residential schemes will be newly created wetland areas and new employment space targeted at occupiers that may benefit from heat re-use from the power station.

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David Newton, managing director of St Paul's Developments, said: "After many years of complex proposals, planning applications and working with stakeholders, The Environment Agency and Wakefield Council, we are delighted to be fully committed on site undertaking the reclamation and remediation works for this major regeneration project.

"The Special Policy designation on the site allows us to create a sustainable development to make a significant contribution to the long-term regeneration of the Leeds City Region. The support of the public bodies and the Growing Places Fund has been pivotal in getting us to the start on site stage for the power station, which represents a major investment into the region.

"We appointed Hydrock Group subsidiary QDS Remediation due to their extensive experience in delivering complex and environmentally challenging remediation projects, and look forward to seeing the works progress."

In 2014, St Paul's was awarded £2.45m of funding from the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to undertake major remediation and infrastructure works.

Cllr Peter Box, leader of Wakefield Council, said: "It is positive news for the local community, district and wider region that St Paul's Developments is moving this project forward.

"This is a good example of how Wakefield Council and the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership are working together to attract and support private sector investment, which will deliver major regeneration, economic growth and new jobs."

St Paul's Developments website

Images: Knottingley Power Ltd

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