Old Ford Water Recycling Plant


The Old Ford Water Recycling Plant, located just off the Greenway to the South-West of London Stadium, is the UK’s largest community wastewater recycling scheme. It was built in 2011 and was operational during the Olympic Games in 2012. It is owned and operated by Thames Water Utilities Limited.

The scheme provides water for urban non-potable applications. A network connects to the Olympic Park for toilet flushing, landscape irrigation and topping up on-site rainwater harvesting systems.

The plant has the capacity to treat 574 cubic metres per day of raw sewage in a membrane bioreactor with ultrafiltration membranes, granular activated carbon filtration and disinfection. It produces up to 600,000 litres of reclaimed water each day.

The main plant building on this site is 45m x 13m, is clad in larch with stone gabions (like the bridges elsewhere on the Park), and has a green roof to encourage biodiversity.

The Architect's Journal wrote a story on the plant.