Olympics rail project top for sustainability

The UK's Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has received an "excellent" CEEQUAL sustainability award, achieving the highest score ever for a rail project.

The work was part of preparation for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Railway sidings at the heart of the Olympic Park in East London had to be dismantled in order for the Aquatics Centre to be built. The ODA constructed a replacement 12-track railway sidings to the north-east of the Park at Orient Way, equivalent to the size of three full-size football pitches.

CEEQUAL, the Civil Engineering Environmental Quality Assessment and Award Scheme, assesses performance across 12 areas of environmental and social concern where clients, designers and constructors go beyond the legal and environmental minima to achieve distinctive environmental standards in their work.

Orient Way was completed using sustainable methods with 99 per cent of the demolition and site clearance waste being recycled, including:
4,000 tonnes of crushed concrete, of which 1,000 tonnes was reused on site, 3,000 tonnes was reused off site;
620 tonnes of tarmac;
180 tonnes of steel;
20,000 tonnes of previous site ballast was screened and reused;
All 3,250 yards (2,970m) of track was lifted and reused.

As part of the project, the ODA also built a new accommodation block for train drivers which is powered by a wind turbine. Many of the recyclable elements of the track were reused to built the block.

Balfour Beatty Rail Projects carried out the design and construction work for the ODA.

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