Derby’s Castleward exceeds recycling targets

Compendium Living (a joint venture between Lovell and the Riverside Group), the developer behind Derby's £100 million Castleward redevelopment, is leading the way in sustainability by recycling 96% of the waste generated during the building process – well above the 90% target set for the project.

The firm is using recycled materials in the construction of phase one, with crushed brick and concrete from a number of demolished buildings now being used to create car parking areas for the new residential development. Since January, a total of 49.84 tons of waste have been collected of which 47.93 tons have already been recycled.

Compendium Living will also be teaming up with the National Builders Wood Waste Collection Scheme to ensure all of its wood off-cuts are recycled and reused. Neil Walker, Project Manager for Compendium Living, comments: "We are proud to be exceeding our recycling targets on site at Castleward and will continue to make every effort possible to build on this great achievement. Prior to construction work beginning onsite, a number of buildings were demolished to make way for new homes and commercial premises. The material generated from this was crushed onsite and is now being reused to create hardstanding areas within the new development of homes in order to minimise the amount of waste that is sent to landfill. From its very beginning we have ensured that Castleward is a landmark development for Derby in every way, which is why we are delighted that we are able to deliver a large scale project with such a minimal impact on the environment."

All wood at Castleward will be collected by National Builders Wood Waste Collection Scheme's Derby-based branch in order to be recycled. The scheme is a network of social enterprises that provides a collection and recycling service for all types of waste wood from building sites, while also creating jobs, training and volunteering opportunities for disadvantaged people. The first phase of Castleward will cover approximately five acres of land and feature 163 residential units, approximately 16,500sqft of commercial space, a tree-lined boulevard and a new urban park.

Neil adds: "From the design and build right through to its completion, Castleward will lead the way as an environmentally friendly place to live and work in Derby, promoting a sustainable lifestyle and bringing many benefits to the city."

Earlier this year Castleward became only the country's second residential development project to receive BREEAM accreditation for its overall sustainability. The new residential neighbourhood achieved a 'good' certification under the BRE Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) Communities following a voluntary assessment which measures the sustainability of new large-scale developments. Accreditation is awarded to projects where economic, social and environmental sustainability are carefully considered during the master planning stage.