Tees firm Scott Bros is repurposing an unwanted 48,000 tonnes of soil excavated during the construction of Darlington’s giant Amazon logistics and distribution hub.
Rather than ending up in landfill, the Thornaby-based firm is recycling the sustainable resource by using it to infill an undulating area of land adjacent to the site
The excavated soil is being carefully layered to provide a level area to improve drainage by eliminating water logging and to make the site visually more appealing.
Once the Teesside-based firm has completed the work, the area will be landscaped and re-seeded.
The 1.6m sqm Amazon logistics hub is situated next to Lingfield Park, on the eastern edge of the town.
It forms a major part of the 90-acre Symmetry Park, which has the potential to create around 3,000 jobs and contribute £180m to the regional economy.
Developers db symmetry say it is in the ideal location to support the logistics and manufacturing sectors, next to the A66 and close to the main A1 and A19 road links, as well as Durham Tees Valley Airport and Teesport.
Scott Bros commercial director Bob Borthwick said: “We are experts at handling excavation and bulk earthmoving and are proud to be play a role in such an exciting project.
“The area next to the main Amazon site contains deep depressions and rather than the excavated soil going to landfill, we are reusing it to improve the neighbouring land to create a well-drained and more attractive area.
“The Amazon logistics hub represents a significant investment that will bring much-needed jobs to Darlington as well as creating further economic impetus which, as a local family-run firm, we very much welcome.
“It is in a prime location and represents a real economic asset that can attract other businesses to the area and increase the economic prosperity of the wider Tees Valley.”
• Plant operator David McLurg is pictured at the Amazon site.