Sustainability Week on WCN: Costain wins environmental award

Vania Goncalves 10 Oct 2016 EUROPE BUSINESS

Costain’s London Bridge redevelopment project team has won a gold Green Apple Award due to its positive contribution to the built environment.

The award in the ‘Built Environment and Architectural Heritage’ category was granted to the team at the International Green Apple Awards at the Crystal, London, in August.

The team was recognised for the implementation of sustainable solutions in the station’s design and construction, including:
•    a 13% reduction in carbon achieved during design through a combination of low- and zero-carbon technologies and other energy efficiency measures;
•    a diversion from landfill rate of more than 98%;
•    35 sustainability best practices that have been shared in Costain and the wider rail industry;
•    the employment of 62 unemployed residents from the London Borough of Southwark since 2012, as part of the project’s commitment to help tackle low employment;
•    the employment of 56 apprentices since the project began in 2012;
•    charitable donations in 2015 of more than £73,500 to a variety of charities.
Ben Shaw, London Bridge Station environment manager, said: “This award fully demonstrates how the project is dedicated to achieving sustainable excellence, and recognises how we have built a lasting legacy for the rail sector and the surrounding local area.”

Annamarie Compton, Network Rail’s consents manager, added: “Winning a Green Apple Award is testament to the project’s ongoing commitment to the pursuit of environmental best practice. To win gold in the first application is an outstanding achievement and the project should be extremely proud.”

The London Bridge redevelopment project is a vital piece of the Thameslink Programme, part of the Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan. The station, to be complete in January 2018, is expected to increase its passenger capacity from 55M people annually to 90M.

The Green Organisation

The Green Apple Environment Awards were launched in 1994 by the Green Organisation to recognise the environmental endeavors of businesses in the UK and internationally.

Roger Wolens, Green Organisation founder and managing director, said: “The green organisation is an independent, international, non-profit, non-political environment group dedicated to recognising, rewarding and promoting environmental best practice around the world.”

The organisation currently operates three awards schemes: the Green Apple Awards for Built Environment & Architectural Heritage, the Green Apple Awards for Environmental Best Practice in commerce and industry and the Scottish Green Apple Awards.

Any organisation or company making a positive contribution to the environment can enter the awards.

Judges, awarding the gold, silver or bronze trophies, are selected based on their environment and technical knowledge, professional background and relevant experience.

Judges take everything into consideration — the criteria to submit an entry and the aspects that form the basis of assessment

Up to 12 points can be given in each criteria, with an additional 12 points to be given to entries that the judges believe deserve special recognition.

The winners are then invited to attend a ceremony in the House of Commons, Palace of Westminster, in November to receive the trophies.

The Green Apple Awards' trophies.

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