Sutton Courtenay Resource Park Energy from Waste Plant (3)
Energy from waste incinerator with processing plant, visitor centre and offices. Designed by RPS Group.
7 October 2009
Planning reference: JOD/TP/8.4/5193/10
We are pleased to comment on this interesting building type and we support the county’s commitment to deliver a considered design solution. In this instance, our comments will concentrate on the design rather than broader issues of strategic planning. Since we last saw this scheme for the Sutton Courtenay Resource Park Energy from Waste plant it has evolved and we welcome the changes to the design. We think the building’s design is sound, but we have some general comments which are set out below.
The accentuated and slim form of the main hall gives the plant a dynamic appearance. We welcome the fact that the visitor centre has been integrated into the main building. In our view, this will improve the experience for visitors coming to see the facility. Ultimately, the quality of the building will be dependent on the materials and detailing. Ensuring the façade is robust and solid, for example, will be crucial in ensuring low maintenance costs and the building’s long life.
In general terms, we assume that Oxfordshire County Council have carefully analysed the location for the plant and that the site is suitable. The deliveries to and from the plant will cause nuisance in terms of noise, odour and pollution, if not successfully mitigated. We hope the determining authority has assured themselves that nuisance for local residents is kept to a minimum.