Sustainable motorway wins award; Compost used at Commonwealth Games.
Sustainable motorway wins award
Skanska Balfour Beatty, a construction joint venture working on behalf of Connect Plus for the Highways Agency, has won a sustainability award for its project to upgrade 12 miles of the M25.
At the Construction News Awards 2014 (MRW’s sister title), the project, which included converting the hard shoulder to support permanent running and installing new technology to improve traffic flow, was recognised as the one which delivered the most sustainable economic benefits.
The judges commented on the way the project had delivered major cost and time savings to its customer through ensuring that existing structures were retained, that the project was an importer and not an exporter of waste and that over 90% of materials came from recycled or reclaimed sources. They also said that the project delivered a strong commitment to local community with good consultation with local residents and businesses.
Compost used at Commonwealth Games
Food and garden waste collected from households in Glasgow City, East Renfrewshire and South Lanarkshire Councils has been transformed into compost and then used in the development of Glasgow 2014’s Athletes Village and other Commonwealth Games venues.
Iain Gulland, director at Zero Waste Scotland, said: “The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games is a great opportunity for Scotland to host a truly sustainable green event, projecting a lasting legacy to be proud of, and as such it’s great to see this valuable material being used in such as efficient way.”
The village has also been designed to be energy efficient, with photovoltaic panels on the houses and a combined heat and power system.