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Green Apple Award for Esholt Waste Water Treatment Works

Last week, Yorkshire Water received a prestigious Green Apple Award with Keyland Developments, for sustainability at Esholt waste water treatment works in Bradford.

The Green Apple awards are now in their 18th year and well established as one of the major environmental recognition schemes, both in the UK and internationally.

Esholt is our second largest works and treats waste water from 750,000 customers in Bradford and Leeds. Following a huge investment to meet tightened river water quality standards, 13 hectares of filter beds containing 500,000 tonnes of material (river bed gravel and blast furnace
slag) were made redundant.

We were left with a huge potential cost to demolish the filter beds and dispose of the ‘waste’ material in order to prepare the land for redevelopment.

Keyland, the property trading arm of Kelda Group and sister company to Yorkshire Water, recovered and redefined the ‘waste’ material for use as construction grade aggregate in connection with construction activities across Yorkshire.

Keyland has been operating across Yorkshire for more than 20 years, regenerating our redundant sites. In addition to its work transforming Yorkshire Water land, the team also works alongside independent landowners, corporates or regulated bodies to overcome obstacles to development on strategic sites to enable regeneration by securing planning consent for future use.

Held at the House of Commons on 11 November, the ceremony was attended by Jon Brigg, Manager of Innovation for Yorkshire Water, Mark Gregory of Yorkshire Water and Ryan Unsworth, Development Manager for Keyland.

Ryan said: “Our aspiration to reduce waste and deliver sustainable environmental and economic benefits means that 500,000 tonnes of material will avoid land fill and help us to reinvest in our diverse regional portfolio. 37,000 tonnes of the aggregate has already been used in the construction of two new railway stations on the Leeds – Bradford line and 50,000 tonnes used by local construction companies.”

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