The Wilds Centre, UK, housing Envac’s automated waste system, wins “RIBA Regional Awards 2023”

The Wilds at Barking Riverside, a new multi-purpose community space, won the 2022 RICS National Award in the United Kingdom for its outstanding achievement in providing a facility that directly benefits the local community. Now it´s time for next award; RIBA regional award 2023.

RIBA (The Royal Institute of British Architects)

The RIBA has been celebrating outstanding work for over 180 years. Their awards and prizes are regarded internationally as a mark of excellence, recognising the best architecture, architects, research and students. 

The Wilds at Barking Riverside is using the Envac vacuum waste collection system and the waste collection terminal is housed in the same building. The system at Barking Riverside will be one of the largest Envac systems in Europe on completion. The Wild Ecological Centre is a place where the public can learn about the local environment and wildlife.

At The Wilds, the community comes together to experience free programmes, exhibitions, and resources that promote making sustainable choices. The Wilds-Envac project illustrates sustainable urban development that helps the local community with resource-efficient waste handling.

The architect’s dedication to the use of sustainable building techniques, long-term visioning and flexible approach to developing project ideas in partnership with the community has been rewarded: the building is beautifully integrated in its natural parkland setting, and successfully delivers a community co-operative serving local people.

Exterior of The Wilds Ecological Center © Solent Sky Services

‘Our vision is to create smarter cities, improve quality-of-life today, and help secure a greener planet for future generations. With The Wilds building, we have the perfect building to operate and reference our system at Barking Riverside. The system’s performance and happy end users are the true testament to Envac’s teamwork and dedication.’ – Dave Buckley, Managing Director, Envac UK Limited


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