Adviser to Costain on £397 million Greater Manchester waste contract

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15 April 2009

Costain Limited announced on 9th April that it has been awarded a £397 million contract by Viridor Laing (Greater Manchester) Ltd to design and build municipal waste treatment infrastructure as part of the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority's (GMWDA's) PFI Waste and Recycling Contract. This is the largest municipal waste contract in Western Europe.

Burges Salmon partner Will Gard, who is also a chartered civil engineer, led a team of advisors to Costain on the project which was complicated by the worst economic conditions for many years. Advanced works orders, and a number of large specialist sub-contract orders, had to be negotiated and put in place to keep the project on track.

He said:

"We are delighted to finally see this major contract let to Costain and to be part of our client's continued success in the waste sector and generally over the last few years. Burges Salmon's environment led waste and renewables practice is the largest outside London and is well placed to support this industry."

The project, which will cost £660 million to complete, will treat the 1.3 million tonnes of municipal waste the GMWDA handles annually. Costain will design, construct and commission 44 different facilities spread across 26 locations.

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