Wembley City

Wembley City
United Kingdom
Project executed by
Envac Scandinavia AB
Project status

The client
Quintain Estates & Development plc

The brief
To incorporate the UK’s first underground waste vacuum management system into:

4,200 mixed use residential units
A designer outlet shopping centre
A new Hilton Hotel
Retail, leisure and entertainment venues

The project
Envac’s UK launch quickly saw its system incorporated into one of London’s flagship regeneration projects, Quintain Estates & Developments’ prestigious Wembley City.

In line with Quintain’s aim of transforming 85 acres of land surrounding the UK’s national stadium into a world-class sustainable region, the Envac system was specified to provide a 21st century solution to waste management, increase residents’ recycling rates and contribute towards creating a sustainable environment. Working closely with Quintain, the London Borough of Brent and national waste contractor, Veolia, Envac ensured that collected materials were compatible with Brent’s waste management strategy.

With over 2,500 metres of pipework and a single waste collection station that will service the entire development, each collection cycle lasts only a few minutes making waste collection more efficient and cost effective. More importantly, the process is driven by hot air instead of diesel-powered vehicles.  Since becoming operational in 2008, the system has generated international acclaim and received awards for its innovative approach to waste management. The system will now connect to Brent Council’s new Civic Centre, which is scheduled for completion in 2013 and will be the UK’s first BREAAM Outstanding rated public building.

The results
Since the system became operational Envac’s Wembley City installation has:

  • Increased Brent Council’s recycling levels by 50 per cent – twice that of the London average
  • Reduced waste collection vehicle movements by 90 per cent

On the development’s completion, Envac will remove over 400 tonnes of carbon emissions from the local environment each year and manage approximately 160 tonnes of waste on a weekly basis.

Basic project information
CountryUnited Kingdom
Project startup2006
System in operation2008
Basic system data
Type of systemStationary Vacuum System
System subtypeSVS 500
Application areasResidential area, Shopping centre
Number of fractions4
Number of inlets252
Total metres of pipe2500
Type of wasteGeneral waste / Rest, Food/Organic Waste, Mixed recyclables with paper, Card/Carboard