Hartcliffe Way Household Reuse & Recycling Centre

Hartcliffe Way Household Reuse & Recycling Centre

Client: Bristol Waste Company

Our Hartcliffe, Bristol project, where we are constructing a brand-new Reuse & Recycling Centre in the south of Bristol, on behalf of Bristol City Council and Bristol Waste. 


Construction works are progressing well, and the team at Encon were delighted to showcase the site, and share a milestone moment for the project, of the recent installation of the steel frame for the purpose-built Reuse Shop. 

The Recycling Centre, based on Hartcliffe Way will be one of the largest household recycling centres in the region, and the Reuse shop will be home to Bristol Waste’s largest Reuse Shop and workshop. Civil engineering and building works for the project include:

  • Site Clearance & Earthworks; Bulk earthworks & Filling
  • Installation of new under-ground Storm & Foul water drainage, including attenuation features and flow controls
  • Installation of new under-ground Mains Services and associated services ducting
  • Construction of improved site access including a new bridge over the existing water-course ‘Pigeonhouse Stream’ (North Bridge – access)
  • Construction of a dedicated site exit including a new bridge over the existing water-course ‘Pigeonhouse Stream’ (South Bridge – exit)
  • Highways 278 Works along the existing adjacent A3029 Hartcliffe Way
  • Construction of new RC Walls to form split-level site areas, and material storage bays
  • Installation of new Weighbridge
  • Construction of new site hard-stand areas, car-parking & site circulation roads of concrete and tarmacadam
  • Construction of new steel-framed Re-use Building & associated works including internal fit-out and M&E installations

Alongside the construction work we have developed and delivered an impactful and innovative social value programme, aimed at benefiting the local economy and community. For example, we have employed two local people, via the UK Government’s Kickstart Scheme as a trainee quantity surveyor and a trainee project manager. Other social value activities include tree planting, Four Acres Academy sustainability workshops and art project, meet the buyer event and SWAP employment skills programme and work placements.

In line with the ethos of the Hartcliffe Project to “reduce, reuse, and recycle” the site held a Sustainability Innovation Community Competition, which saw community groups taking part in a Dragon’s Den style competition, pitching for the opportunity to win part of a fund to take forward sustainability projects within Bristol. Further community engagement events are planned with local schools on their return, alongside a diversity and inclusion project in collaboration with On Site Bristol to encourage BME groups into construction. Our Bristol Civil Engineering team and supply chain are making great progress, at our Hartcliffe Household Reuse & Recycling Centre. The contract is being delivered in partnership with our client Bristol Waste Company, & Bristol City Council and SLR Consulting.

It was a pleasure to welcome the Mayor of Bristol – Marvin Rees, Bristol City Council and the Bristol Waste Company to our Hartcliffe, Bristol project.

Following commencement site clearance and demolition were completed and Encon installed reinforced concrete retaining walls, reinforced concrete compactor slabs, new road infrastructure incorporating a gyratory system, storm and foul water drainage, new control building, mechanical and electrical works and the upgrade of the entrance and exit on the adopted highway.


Mr Rees said he was delighted to see the developments already made, and the good work happening the process. “We are proud to be the leading English Core City for recycling, but we know there is always more that can be done, and this new facility will help us to reach our ambitious recycling targets. Part of our commitment to making Bristol cleaner and greener is further reducing the amount of waste that is sent to landfill, and this centre will help us to achieve this goal by supporting people to recycle, repair and reuse – giving pre-loved items a second life.” – Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol

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