Barnet Waste Transfer


  • Client

    London Borough of Barnet

  • Contractor

    Willmott Dixon logo

  • Value


  • Completion Date

    July 2017

Architects: Capita

Electrical: Capita

MEP: Capita

The project was a design and build development of Oakleigh Road South Vehicle Depot to create a Barnet Council vehicle depot and a base for their fleet of 46 household recyclable waste collection vehicles.

The Challenge

There were several challenges faced throughout this project. There was restricted access on a long and narrow site which caused difficulties when trying to overcome other challenges such as dealing with the below ground water, removing underground drainage structures and the buried hazardous waste.

The Solution

To overcome the narrow site, the Willmott Dixon team worked in a ‘patchwork’ fashion, sectioning off the works and moving operations around to keep the access road fully open throughout the build.

Willmott Dixon found existing sewers and then got permission from Thames Water to use them instead for the below ground water. They found a solution using a land drain pump to drain the ground water which was causing surface water.

The Results

Now built, the depot will allow Barnet Council to operate its vehicle maintenance and recycling collection fleet from single coordinated site, ensuring the most efficient service for residents across the borough. The construction also consisted of a tractor barn and car parking, together with associated ancillary facilities, a recycling waste transfer building and bulking facility, a two storey office and welfare building.


New Apprenticeships



SME Spend


Raised levels by introducing engineered ground geotextile, saving £720k
Resulting in programme saving £110k
Added surveys resulting in reduced risk on hazardous waste, saving £205k

Added Value


Client Satisfaction

Contractor Performance | Commitments


Regular payments and payment periods did not exceed 30 days


Early contractor engagement realised that by raising finished floor levels by introducing an engineered ground geotextile design produced a saving of c£720k, helping significantly reduce excavated materials




2 starter apprentices who went on to gain full time graduate employment


SCF handover and aftercare promised carried out

SCF Framework Manager

Alex Nelhams


Phone: 07717 003869

Contractor Framework Manager

Guy Dawes


Phone: 07989179444