UK's first Fire Prevention Plan granted to Middlesbrough wood recyclers

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
UK Wood Recycling worked with the EA for the past three years to achieve the non-standard FPP

The UK’s first Fire Prevention Plan (FPP) has been granted to UK Wood Recycling to allow stack sizes of up to 8m.

The Middlesbrough-based company has worked with the Environment Agency (EA) for the past three years to achieve the non-standard FPP.

Increased stack heights, which will only be allowed with other specific measures, will mean the business will be able to manage the peaks in the seasonality of waste wood and its large contracts.

Geoff Hadfield, group MD for UKWR and Hadfield Wood Recyclers, said: “When the new guidance was first introduced in 2015 we immediately flagged that it was too restrictive for a business of our scale.

“However, through collaboration at a local and national level and significant investment in additional science and infrastructure, both sides have learned and gained a greater understanding of the real issues involved in ensuring the minimal impact of any incident, whilst allowing a business to continue to trade.

UKWR has invested £1.3m on improvements in fire detection and suppression systems and infrastructure.

This includes installing more outside hydrants and remote-controlled water cannons in the storage building, a fully concreted surface and 24/7 security.

UKWR’s plant deals with up to 200,000 tonnes of wood per year and currently manufactures biomass, panel board and animal bedding.

It is part of the Hadfield Group.

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