Level crossing project wins top sustainability award

rcw-levelcrossings-medThe Bayswater Level Crossing Removal Project (LCRP) in Victoria has won the Infrastructure Sustainability Project or Asset Achievement award at 2016 Sustainability in Infrastructure Awards this October.

The Bayswater LCRP set a new benchmark in sustainable infrastructure, after being awarded a ‘Leading’ Infrastructure Sustainability (IS) rating – scoring a 93.5 out of a possible 105 points.

The Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) awarded the rating to the Bayswater Alliance (a project team comprising Laing O’Rourke, Fulton Hogan and AECOM, in an alliance with Public Transport Victoria, Metro Trains Melbourne and VicRoads), after assessing the sustainability performance on the project across key sustainability areas, including management and governance, using resources, emissions, pollution and waste, ecology, people and place, and innovation.

Alliance General Manager Andrew Ackerman said he is very proud of the team who have worked hard to set new benchmarks in sustainable delivery.

“For the Bayswater Alliance Team, the project is more than a level crossing removal project – it will be a dynamic, attractive space which will deliver direct economic benefits to stakeholders, create a productive and open environment, and a place for people. This rating further supports the Alliance’s efforts and vision to proudly shape Bayswater’s future,” said Mr. Ackerman.

Sam Donaldson, Sustainability Manager for the project said the goal was to create an ethical approach to sustainability.

“Rather than concentrating on the absolute minimum to meet contract sustainability targets, the project undertook a broader, deeper focus on all elements in the rating tools to reach a maximum, or optimum sustainability performance,” Mr. Donaldson said.

“Adopting this holistic approach to sustainability has allowed the project to capitalise on a broader range of sustainability elements to create a people-centred infrastructure which is delivered and operates efficiently.

“Tackling industry challenges by introducing strategies, such as ‘plain English’ and ‘methods to build a workplace sustainability culture’, has set up a new approach to build appreciation and engagement with the tools, generate sustainable performances, and make it easy to incorporate sustainability. This point of difference in the industry to deliver sustainability has helped position the project to achieve this rating result.”

Upon completion the project will generate 43% less greenhouse gas emissions and consume 70% less drinking water compared to average infrastructure assets. Approximately 6,603 tonnes carbon emissions of embodied energy will be saved through significant material reductions and selecting high performing sustainable products.

The Bayswater LCRP is targeting a ‘Leading’ IS and 4 Green Star As-built rating.

Planned for completion in mid-2017 it will be the first project completed under the Level Crossing Removal Program certified with an IS and Green Star As-built rating.

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