Bevan Brittan's market leading Waste and Energy team have advised Devon County Council on the completion of a major residual waste treatment PPP project. The PPP contract was signed with Suez Recycling and Recovery Limited in April 2018.   

The project involves the construction of a new Waste Acceptance Facility near Barnstaple and treatment of 45,000 tonnes per annum of residual waste at the Severnside Energy Recovery Centre (SERC) near Bristol. The SERC has a processing capacity of 400,000 tonnes per annum and will export around 34 MW of electricity. 

The 10-year contract (with a potential 5 year extension) is worth £60 million. The project involves the receipt, haulage and processing of residual waste collected from both households in the North Devon and Torridge District Council areas and 6 household waste recycling centres. 

Nadeem Arshad, lead Partner on the project and Head of Waste & Energy commented: 

"We are delighted to have advised Devon County Council on the completion on this Waste PPP Project. Once the Waste Acceptance Facility has been constructed, residual waste will be diverted from landfill and used as a valuable fuel to generate electricity for homes and businesses.   

We advised on all the legal aspects of the project, including the procurement, construction, property and innovative aspects to the Waste PPP contract."      

Wendy Barratt, County Waste Manager, Devon County Council said: 

"This is a very exciting project for us as it means that all but a small fraction of Devon’s household residual waste will be diverted away from landfill by February 2019.   

We were very pleased to work with Bevan Brittan and were very impressed by their professionalism, commercial acumen, pragmatism, responsiveness and overall sound advice which helped us achieve a good deal for Devon’s taxpayers.  

We would definitely recommend them for similar projects.

A multi-disciplinary Bevan Brittan team advised Devon County Council on the project and included Projects Solicitor, Thomas Graham and Property Solicitor, Miriam Bishop.