Protos is a hive of activity right now as delivery of infrastructure for Phase 2 of Peel NRE’s, part of Peel L&P, strategic energy and resource hub is underway.
And it’s not a small job! Our Phase 2 infrastructure works including building around £1.6km of new access roads, structures, bridges and new utility supplies to unlock access to the wider site and further investment into Protos.
Starting in early 2021, contractors John Sisk & Son Ltd have been delivering the work and are on track to finish in Spring 2022. They’ve overcome several challenges at Protos - including the ground conditions - to deliver significant infrastructure to key plots, including the Energy Recovery Centre currently in construction.
This has included new roads and services, such as water, power and communications to the sites, as well as planning for future services such as hydrogen and CO2. The main roads are now almost complete, with the team installing the kerbs and final surfacing.
One of the bridges we’re building will provide a new access to the Manchester Ship Canal Berth, which in the future will provide opportunities for import and export of materials by water, taking freight off the road.
Elsewhere, a key focus has been on the ecology areas, creating three new areas across 10 hectares (around 100,000m2). As well as providing havens for wildlife, including voles and birds, these areas also provide drainage and help management of water on site. Earthworks for two out of three areas are now done and landscape planting is set to start in early 2022.
A big thank you to the local community for the cooperation during this time. Lots of local residents use and stick to the publicly accessible parts of Protos and new wildlife habits we’ve created there. We’d urge you to continue doing this, there’ll still be a lot of heavy machinery and construction vehicles moving around the site, as well as areas of ground excavations. Please help us keep everyone safe whilst the team are on site by sticking to authorised walking routes outside the construction areas.