Teeside Biomass Plant

Doran Consulting were appointed Lead consultant for the civils works for this £200M Teesside Renewable Energy Plant (Biomass). Located within Port Clarence on the banks of the River Tees, in the North East England, the facility has the capacity to process 325000 tonnes of waste wood per year.



As lead consultant for the civils contractor we were responsible for overseeing and leading the design team which included Architects, Fire Engineers, Acoustician’s and Landscape Architects.

Our civil & structural engineering design scope included:

  • Site wide drainage strategy and liaison with the Environment Agency
  • Process drainage strategy
  • Traffic management strategy
  • External hardstanding design
  • Site wide retaining wall design
  • Design of SUDS system
  • Design of outfall to River Tees


The structural engineering design scope included the sub-structure design for all buildings (including the boiler hall) and the super-structure design for the following structures:

  • Fuel store(62m x 28m wide and 22.5m high – Steel portal frame with two overhead travelling cranes)
  • Turbine hall
  • (23m x 24m wide x 21m high – Two storey steel portal frame with overhead traveling cranes)
  • Workshop and electrical building
  • Pump house
  • Auxiliary fuel tank bunds
  • Step up transformer structure
  • Administration building
  • Secondary steel, stair and lift core for boiler hall


Civils and Structural Design Procedures

The Project was designed using MasterSeries and modelled in Revit 2016.Doran Consulting were responsible for collating and co-ordinating the civil contractors design team BIM models (Structural, Civil, Architectural and M&E). Other elements within our scope included:

  • Active participation in clash detection
  • Attending regular site, technical and progress meetings
  • Provision of a Resident Engineer
  • Value engineering
  • Design progress reporting
  • Design acceptance process (Record of Review by Clients engineers)
  • Liaison and compliance with local authorities
  • Active participation in buildability workshops


Doran Consulting were very active in joint design team meeting with both the Civils contractor and the Process Engineers which formed the joint venture.