Sustainable glulam arches befitting a recycling facility

The Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility (RERF) in Leeds is designed to convert waste into energy. What is also befitting of this environmentally-friendly process is the fact that the building is in itself sustainable, characterised by large glulam arches. The main building stands at 42 metres high and 123 metres long and features a green wall on the southern façade, encouraging aesthetics and biodiversity. The ‘living’ wall is one of the largest of its kind in Europe.

The green wall, one of the largest in Europe


The facility, built by Veolia, also has an advanced stormwater collection and habitat programme that takes surrounding wildlife into consideration.

It was designed by French architect Jean Robert Mazaud, CEO and founder of S’PACE Architecture. The firm has developed particular expertise in working on large scale industrial projects built on environmentally sensitive sites. The engineered wood products were designed, manufactured and delivered by Hess Timber.


Client: Veolia, Leeds City Council

Architect: S’PACE Architecture

All images: S’PACE architects – Jean Robert MAZAUD