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Construction begins at SYNETIQ's flagship Gloucester site

A groundworks specialist has started work at the UK's largest salvage and vehicle recycling company SYNETIQ in Gloucester.

Shropshire-based M Downes Earthworks won the contract to build a 25,000sq m yard facility at the site off Bristol Road and expects to complete the project within four months.

As well as a 4500 cubic metre concrete pour, Earthworks will also install over 2,000 cubic metres of tank at the flagship Gloucester site to create a new drainage system with storm water attenuation tanks to prevent flooding.

SYNETIQ handles 150,000 vehicles a year across multiple UK sites. Its recycling and recovery rate is more than 95 per cent of the weight of each of the 40,000 vehicles it scraps - which exceeds the target set by Europe.

Earthworks is using state¬ of ¬the ¬art machinery and the latest groundworks technology to construct the new yard, where vehicles will be stored on four¬ storey high racks.

Sister company, MD Aggregate Supplies, is also supplying the aggregates and concrete for the job.

Martin Downes, managing director of earthworks said: "This project not only sees us supporting the development of a successful, growing business, but it also shows our commitment to working with companies that help the environment.

"We are taking care to carry out work with minimum of disruption to the company's day¬ to¬day operations. With some COVID¬-19 restrictions still in place, we are ensuring that our team is segregated from the main workforce and we have created separate redirection and plant routes."

The contract win comes after Earthworks successfully carried out work to reconstruct the holding yards for thousands of scrap and salvage vehicles at one of SYNETIQ's other sites in Nantwich, Cheshire, last year.

Mr Downes added: "We're proud to have been selected to carry out another project for SYNETIQ, especially one of this size and nature."

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