Ware Household Waste Recycling Centre helps community building project

Published: 02 Mar 2020

Balfour Beatty’s project team at Hertfordshire County Council’s Ware Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) has donated building materials to Benington Recreation Ground to support with the construction of a new pavilion after the original was lost to fire in 2003. The donation of 650 building blocks will help considerably towards the 8000 needed to complete the project.

By using their supply chain partners, Balfour Beatty were able to save the volunteers approximately 38% on the cost compared to purchasing the blocks directly.

For the past five years, the Benington Recreation Ground Pavilion project has been completely volunteer-led by local tradespeople and residents. With limited funds available, the volunteers are raising money through grants and local fundraising as they reach each phase of the build; the project is currently at the walls and roof phase.

Ray Holman, Chairman of Benington Recreation Ground Charity, said “We are absolutely overwhelmed that Balfour Beatty has supported us with the donation of these concrete blocks. As we are a very small charity, we struggle to raise funds for materials to build our pavilion for our village and local community. This generous donation will make a huge difference to us as we proceed to get to our total of 8000 blocks. If anyone would like to help us with donations you can find more information on our Facebook page Benington Recreation Ground or website www.beningtonrecreationground.co.uk.”

Terry Hone, Cabinet Member for Waste Management at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “I’m very pleased that the Balfour Beatty team working for us on the Ware supersite project, as well as helping us upgrade our facilities to cope with the growth we’re expecting in the county, is also contributing to such a worthwhile local project.”

Balfour Beatty is currently constructing the new Ware HWRC on behalf of Hertfordshire County Council through the Scape Civil Engineering and Infrastructure framework. The project is due to complete in Summer 2020. Once completed, the new centre will be four times larger, have a split-level design making it easier for customers to unload their waste and will have a large reuse centre.

For more information, visit https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/recycling-waste-and-environment/recycling-and-waste/news-and-events/ware-recycling-centre-becoming-a-super-site.aspx