Skanska, along with its alliance partners, has received a CEEQUAL award for the sustainable delivery of the Ordsall Chord rail project.
The Ordsall Chord is part of Network Rail’s £1bn+ Great North Rail Project, an integral part of the national Railway Upgrade Plan that will increase connectivity and promote economic growth in the region.
Sustainable development played a key role in the conception, planning and design of the project, which helped to create a beyond-compliance mind set and limit any adverse impacts, during construction, on the local community, businesses and environment.
The project achieved a net biodiversity gain, a 10 per cent reduction in embedded carbon during construction and a 98 per cent diversion of waste from landfill – with the majority of companies used from within a 30 mile radius.
Key highlights include:
- The reuse and recycling of materials, which reduced the amount of primary material needed on the project
- The recycling of the stone used from Prince’s Bridge
- Approximately 3,000 bricks were reused from the structure of the Grade II listed arches
- Over 1,000 tonnes of carbon has been saved through reuse of ballast and rail on site.
Project Director, Keith Gardner, said: “We worked hard to achieve this standard and embedded our aims within the programme framework. To receive a CEEQUAL award is a reinforcement of the effort we went to, to deliver the project as sustainably as we could.
“The Ordsall Chord improvements will have a huge impact, both in terms of local development and the vastly improved connectivity of the rail network in the north.”