The project, awarded by Leeds City Council, will see major improvements to the Kirkstall Road site that will boost capacity and enable better waste segregation. The works will be undertaken by Esh’s civil engineering division, Lumsden and Carroll.
Due for the completion in January 2017, Esh has handed over the first phase of the project. The improved recycling facility will serve the local area, including the 57-acre Kirkstall Forge development, where there are plans to build 1,050 new houses, 300,000 sq ft of offices and 100,000 sq ft of retail, leisure and community space.
Commenting on the project, David Pratt divisional director – civils, at Esh Group, said:
Lumsden & Carroll Civil Engineering operates across the public sector and the private sectors, throughout the North East, North West, Yorkshire and Southern Scotland.
Esh Group built on its strong relationship with local social enterprise, The Skill Mill, to give young people practical work experience in the construction industry. Two apprentices were recruited for 16 weeks, in partnership with Futureworks Yorkshire. One, Lewis Foster, later gained full time employment on the project.
About Esh Group
Esh Group provides support for young people through a variety of schemes. In the last year over 9,000 students at schools across the North benefitted from the ‘Building My Skills’ programme which is coordinated by Esh Group and delivered with support from business partners.
Esh Group provides construction and construction related services to both public and private sector clients. It has an annual turnover of circa £277 million and directly employs around 1200 people with substantial operations across the whole of Northern England and administration centres in Northumberland, Cumbria, Scottish Borders, County Durham and Yorkshire.
The project will prove a benefit to the residents in the local area and create capacity for the future. The improved site will help Leeds Council achieve its waste reduction targets