Sydney Metro, the country’s largest transport infrastructure project, has received two awards for excellence.
Transport for NSW and the CPB, John Holland and Dragados joint venture (JV) were awarded the 2016 NSW Premier’s Award for Building Infrastructure for the 15 km twin-tunnels from Bella Vista and Epping.
The two 15 km tunnels, the longest ever built in Australia, were completed earlier this year as part of the Sydney Metro Northwest, the first stage of the project.
Four NFM-manufactured tunnel boring machines (TBM) were used to excavate the tunnels.
The project has also picked up the government’s 17th Green Globe Award for Public Sector Leadership, which recognises environmental excellence, leadership and innovation.
It received the award for a commitment to sustainability, including recycling 100 per cent of crushed rock during tunnelling and 95 per cent of all construction waste, offsetting operational carbon emissions through a renewable energy project, biodiversity offsets through NSW BioBanking sites and the protection of heritage items uncovered during the project.
The Green Globe judges said the project was “Establishing a high bar for best practice civil engineering projects.”
The tunnels were last month awarded the highest possible rating for sustainability by Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA). The rating was based on the recycling initiatives, as well as the reduction of water use by 66 per cent.
ISCA ratings evaluate infrastructure projects by looking at planning, design, construction and operations.
For more information visit the Sydney Metro website.
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