Image: Mersey Gateway, via Twitter.
Team Van Oord partner Kier is part of a consortium which recently picked up a prestigious national award for ecological and environmental best practice.
The team building the new Mersey Gateway toll bridge triumphed in the ‘stakeholder engagement’ category at the 2017 Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) Best Practice Awards, which were presented in London on 21 June.
The project was also highly commended in the ‘knowledge sharing’ category at the same awards ceremony.
The CIEEM awards highlight outstanding examples of environmental management on large-scale projects.
Work started on the Mersey Gateway Project in May 2014. In autumn 2017 a new six-lane toll bridge over the Mersey between the towns of Runcorn and Widnes will open to relieve the congested and ageing Silver Jubilee Bridge.
The Mersey Gateway Project is one of the UK government’s Top 40 priority projects in the National Infrastructure Plan, and has been recognised by KPMG as one of the ‘Top 100 infrastructure projects around the globe’.
The construction joint venture is made up of Kier Infrastructure and Overseas Limited, Samsung C&T Corporation and FCC Construcción S.A.
Dr Mark Hampton, lead ecologist on the project, said the CIEEM awards win recognised the highest standards of professionalism in environmental management across the project site.
Dr Mark Hampton said:
“Preserving and improving the natural environment surrounding the project and wider areas was a priority from the beginning.
“Winning this award really demonstrates the work the whole team has put in to engage with environmental stakeholders is the gold standard.
“We demonstrated how we had worked with regulators to ensure the construction of the haul roads on the saltmarsh at the start of the project did not interfere with bird nesting season.
“Throughout the project we’ve taken steps to ensure transparent and timely access to information for the project stakeholders such as Natural England, the Environment Agency, the Marine Management Organisation, the Local Planning Authority and research institutions.
“We’ve made it our priority to inform, consult, involve and collaborate with these organisations, but also to foster interest and engagement from the local community.
“This is done through community engagement events, the establishment of volunteer groups and working closely with local schools to promote the project’s environmental benefits.”
Cllr Rob Polhill, Leader of Halton Borough Council, congratulated the team on the award win, saying:
“This is recognition of the extremely high standard of work that has been demonstrated from the project team since this project began.
“Any large-scale project has to pay careful consideration to its environmental impact. This nomination shows how important environmental and ecological considerations have been from the start.”
03 July 2017