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Trowers & Hamlins helps AmeyCespa bring North Yorkshire and York waste PPP project to financial clos

Trowers & Hamlins helps AmeyCespa bring North Yorkshire and York waste PPP project to financial close

Trowers & Hamlins is delighted to announce that the Allerton Waste Recovery Park project in North Yorkshire achieved financial close on 30 October 2014.

The firm has provided legal advice to long-standing client AmeyCespa on the project since the company's initial bid for the 25-year waste recovery contract with North Yorkshire County Council and City of York Council. 

The public-private partnership (PPP) project involves treating all of North Yorkshire County Council and City of York Council's municipal waste and some commercial waste – up to 320,000 tonnes per year – at the recovery park near Knaresborough through mechanical treatment, anaerobic digestion and energy-from-waste technologies.  Once operational, the energy-from-waste facility will generate up to 203GWh of electricity and divert at least 90% of residual waste from landfill.  Now that financial close has been reached, it is expected that the facility will be up and running in 2018.  

Involved in the project from the initial bidding process, Trowers & Hamlins advised on all aspects of the concession contract with North Yorkshire County Council and each of the process and engineering sub-contracts, as well as related property documentation.  The firm also applied its expertise to assist with the planning application and judicial review proceedings which were resolved in October 2013, paving the way for financial close. 

James Hawkins, Head of Trowers & Hamlins' Public Sector Commercial department and lead partner on the deal, commented:  "This project delivers sustainable and long-term waste management services for North Yorkshire and York, as well as a source of renewable energy.  We are very pleased to see it finally come to fruition."  

In addition to James Hawkins, the cross-departmental team at Trowers & Hamlins advising on the Allerton Waste Recovery Park project included Paul Bartter, Chris Pedder and Tom Holroyd (Construction), Sangita Unadkat and Patrick Morris (Real Estate), Pamela Holt, Jacqueline Backhaus (Planning), and Neil Waller (Banking and Finance).

Last year Trowers & Hamlins advised AmeyCespa on its successful bid to design, build, fund, and operate a new waste treatment facility for Milton Keynes Council.  The innovative PPP deal completed in summer 2013 and the facility is due to be operational in 2016.