Friday 18 Nov 2016
Network Rail and Keltbray recognised with environment award for Queen Mary viaduct regeneration scheme
- Network Rail and Keltbray win Bronze Green Apple Award for redevelopment in East London
- Project recognised for benefits to environment and local community
Network Rail’s Queen Mary Viaduct project in East London has won a Bronze Green Apple Award in the Building and Construction category for Regeneration for Environmental Best Practice. The regeneration scheme, adjacent to Queen Mary University, was rewarded for its good environmental practice and social achievements.
The Queen Mary Viaduct development, led by Network Rail in partnership with specialist contractor, Keltbray, Queen Mary University and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, was presented with the award for the approach used in the demolition of a disused railway viaduct with 25 masonry arches to provide additional land for the university and the local community. This Network Rail project has enabled the development of an outdoor sports facility, storage buildings, and new student accommodation, comprising 412 new rooms with 36 rooms designed to accommodate students with disabilities.
Network Rail will also transfer land previously designated for parking to London Borough of Tower Hamlets - to be used for neighbourhood allotments, benefitting the local community while also increasing habitat for wildlife and improving biodiversity.
The scheme gained particular praise for implementation of sustainable practices on site, including the recycling of construction material, minimising waste, creating a ‘green roof’ to encourage bio-diversity and the reduction of carbon emissions associated with the project.
Nigel Escott, Director of Property at Network Rail Property, said: “We are pleased that our Queen Mary Viaduct project has received this prestigious award, recognising the scheme’s contributions to both the environment and the local community. We are proud of our sustainable regeneration record and are currently progressing other development opportunities that will align with our place-making strategy to offer similar benefits around the UK.”
Phil Bromley, Project Manager at Keltbray, said: “Keltbray are pleased to have played a key role in the award-winning regeneration of the Queen Mary viaduct. We seek to employ the highest standards in environmental practice in line with our company’s long-term commitments, including the aim of supplying zero waste to landfill by 2020. This development has not only helped us on our way towards this target, but now serves as an example of best practice to the wider industry.”
The Green Apple Environment Awards were launched in 1994 by The Green Organisation to recognise, reward and promote environmental best practice around the world.
About Network Rail
Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain's railway - the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.65bn journeys by rail every year and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We employ 38,000 people across Britain and work round-the-clock, each and every day, to provide a safe, reliable railway.
About the Railway Upgrade Plan
The Railway Upgrade Plan is Network Rail's investment plan for Britain's railways. It makes up two-thirds of Network Rail's £40bn spending priorities for the five years to 2019 and represents the biggest sustained programme of rail modernisation since the Victoria era. It is designed to provide more capacity, relieve crowding and respond to the tremendous growth Britain's railways continue to experience; passenger numbers have doubled in the past 20 years and are set to double again over the next 25 years - so we need to continue to invest in building a bigger, better railway. For passengers, that means:
- longer, faster more frequent trains;
- better, more reliable infrastructure; and
- better facilities for passengers, especially at stations.