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Avonmouth Biodrier
Avonmouth, Bristol
associated engineer
Whicheloe Macfarlane
date  1993
era  Modern  |  category  Building  |  reference  ST517792
A sewage recycling plant housed in a tall hangar. The steel structure is built on a brick plinth and clad with a double layer of aluminium panels. Ventilation is provided by louvres between the walls and the curved roof, which is elevated on struts.
The machinery housed within is the first of its kind in Britain, and was built by Wessex Water in response to an EC directive dictating that alternatives be found for the disposal or reuse of the 30m tonnes of sewage produced annually in the UK.
The Biodrier transforms sewage into an odourless fertiliser known as Biograin. By-products are recyclable methane gas, and liquid sewage from the sieving process which is used in the chemicals industry. In addition, the plant recycles 70 percent of heat used.
reference sources   LG/SJ
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Avonmouth Biodrier