Bradford is set to be home to a new major recycling plant after the local authority gave the development the green light.

The project is part of a £300 million scheme which will see household waste treated in the facility over the next 25 years, providing a significant boost to the city. Pennine Resource Recovery (PRR) has been handed the contract which will aim to convert Bradford's waste into power and generate electricity to be used in businesses and homes across the Yorkshire area. PRR is a conglomerate of a number of different companies with Skanska, FCC Environment and AECOM all providing various aspects to the venture.

Skanska will be tasked with being the leader of the development and will work closely with AECOM to design, build and commission the facility. FCC Environment will step in once the project is complete. A finish date has been earmarked for April 2016, and FCC will run the plant on a daily basis and manage its operations when it is opened. Officials have stated that the development will provide a major boost to Bradford's employment sector, with around 300 jobs due to be created during the construction phase of this project.

Mark Tribe, project director for PRR, said: "This decision is great news for Bradford and Calderdale. The scheme has been specifically designed for the area and we will be working very closely with local training and employment agencies to ensure that local people across both districts are able to benefit from the employment and training opportunities on offer."

The award of the Bradford recycling plant contract marks a highly-successful recent period for Skanska after the company was selected for the construction of a campus at South Essex College. The firm has been tasked with the building of the £33 million new facility at Thurrock Campus in Grays in time for an opening ceremony in the summer of 2014, for the 2014/15 academic year as the institute welcomes its latest intake of pupils.

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